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In the front seat on a summer night with bare feet on the dash.

Big cars, fast cars, cars with fins, cars with stripes, cars with music, muscle cars, cars with girls in the front seat on a summer night with  bare feet on the dash. Cars that take you away even if only for a little while

A car in the night gives us something.  A way out, if need be. A break from the madness.  The mystery of the night can engulf us, sweeping away the dull of the day. Time stops when the moon is full and the highway is clear.  We are free, if only for a little while.

 I made this image on a summer night not long ago, standing in the road, camera mounted on a tripod, making exposure after exposure.  I thought I had what I wanted, but I tend to over shoot to make sure.  It was after midnight, nobody around.  I had passed the Sunoco station and thought that the tower would fit and the image would speak. Brought the car around, parked and 20 minutes later drove away.

Some things we see everyday all the time.  We use them and never see them.  And then one day years later we see a photograph and gaze in awe at what had been there all along.


“See the present as past”

-Walker Evans.



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The Hollywood Motel and Garry Winogrand.


I have long since given up trying to figure out why I photograph the things I photograph.

Photography is not about the thing photographed. It is about how that thing looks photographed.

Garry Winogrand


This has the ring of truth, doesn’t it?

The photo is a thing in itself. And that’s what still photography is all about.

Garry Winogrand

So, I’m looking to fill the viewfinder with things that will become interesting photographs.  Winogrand was a wizard, a  photographer extraordinaire, his every image a surprise.

[If I saw something in my viewfinder that looked familiar to me, I would] do something to shake it up.

Garry Winogrand

Hmmm…I don’t do this much.  Perhaps as I spend more time searching out photographs I settle for the familiar.  Maybe it’s time to shake it up a bit?  The patterns we develop are hard to break.  Perhaps I’ll figure it out one day, why I am drawn to make these photographs again and again.

But this much I know:

…The photograph should be more interesting or more beautiful than what was photographed.

Garry Winogrand

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