There is no particular theme or idea here, just a bunch of random images pulled from a string of random places and times. I’m not sure what makes ROY’S so iconic. I just know that it is and that I am lucky to have made that little pilgrimage into the desert.
On Saturday we went to the re-lighting of the restored Luna Cafe sign. That turned out to be the most productive thing I did all weekend in terms of photography. On Friday I set up the gray background with the intention of taking some photos indoors but I only got around to playing with the strobes for a while. I’m not sure I was in the proper mood for creating anything though I did carve a pumpkin on Sunday. On Monday I got a nice email telling me my website was not optimized for sales. Guess what, I’m not selling anything. I don’t care.
It’s always interesting to go back through my photographs for the previous year. I usually don’t get very far before finding one that I didn’t have time to work on and that I would like to try making into a print. Though I’m easily sidetracked and my workflow is horribly inefficient, I press on for no other reason than to create something I enjoy. I wouldn’t mind if someone else liked it as well but I don’t think it would change the way I do things very much.
People are always talking about pushing through to the next level or becoming better photographers but I wonder if this can actually be done. I don’t know that we get better or if we just get different. Sure we can learn new things as we go along or at least we should if we are paying any attention to the world around us. My photographs are a record of who I am and where I am at any given moment in time. If I’m lucky they may also show a little bit of who I would like to be. There will be high and low points, along with a lot of experimentation and and exploration.
I’m fond of neon signs and don’t need much of an excuse to take a photo of one. The Fanelli Cafe is in New York City, where I took this photo on a bitterly cold Sunday morning in December. I wasn’t sure at the time if taking a short trip to New York on a cold overcast weekend was worth the expense but looking back now, I’m glad we went.
Sometimes it’s hard to know when to stop when you are editing photos. The light was flat under an overcast sky the day I took this photo so I have been playing around with different renderings and colors.
It needs late afternoon sun to look its best but we don’t always have the luxury of sitting still and waiting for perfect conditions when traveling.
I was glad I got to see the Circle K and the Half Moon Motel while I was in Los Angeles.
Not too far up the street is the Wheel World sign. Another one that I would like to see at night with the neon turned on.