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School's Out... Forever! | by Surrealize
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School's Out... Forever!

I happened upon this rusted gem on my way back from a recent trip to the Washington and Oregon coast. I'm still working on getting through selection of the coast shots but was really excited about this find and decided to process it first considering school is almost out. I'm not exactly sure how I even saw this bus that, as you can see, was very overgrown and was out in the middle of no where. The trees to the left almost completely obscured it from the roadway but my "spidey" senses started tingling and then saw what appeared to be an interesting overgrown rusted bus, out of the corner of my eye. Rather than kick myself for the next 10 miles down the road (like I usually do), I pulled over immediately and hiked down through a field of thorns and mud until I got to what appeared to be an old road. There was literally only a few pieces of asphalt exposed, like 1% of the old roadway, and the rest had all been completely overgrown. But at least it answered for me how the bus even got down there, considering how hard it was to even get to myself. Clearly this bus had been there for some time and was no longer feeling the love from it's youthful passengers. I was actually reminded of that scene in Office Space, where they finally had enrough of the printer and take it out to a field for a proper beat down. Anyway, there was just something about this shot that spoke to me. I liked the metaphor here, how the rust / disrepair of the bus contrasted against the beautiful blue sky. This school bus is definitely "out for the summer"!

 

Also, this last week was really exciting! I was recently published in a magazine from Chile called PuntoNet which is akin to "Wired" magazine in the US as far as I can tell (my Spanish is really, really rusty). I was part of the feature article titled "Flickreando" where 3 artists from around the world were selected; one from Spain, one from Chile, and myself from the US. How very flattering! In addition to having a 2 page spread, I was blown away surprised to also find out that I was selected for the cover (both front and back). I almost crapped my pants when I pulled the magazine out of the envelope and saw my photo on it! Anyway, sorry for the shameless plug, but it's a pretty good feeling anytime you get published :-)

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Taken on April 11, 2010