Being on the road with little agenda and a camera in the car is my favorite kind of trip. It’s different than being in a car on assignment, with the sole purpose of finding photographs. In the latter, there is an overwhelming sense of dread. “Will I have the right kind of light? Will I find an interesting subject? Will the art director be happy with what I’ve found?”
On a road trip, I get to decide what’s good. Of course, it’s great when everything works together to get a well-lit, compositionally excellent, and interesting picture. But I also like those stolen snapshots that capture the serendipitous feel of freedom that comes with being on the road. It’s hard being an editor and trying to choose just the right pictures for a story. I have to fight the temptation to chose what the audience would consider great shots. The challenge and the reward for me is making those final choices. In the words of Billy Bragg, one of my favorite songwriters, “ ... you have to learn to take the crunchy with the smooth ... ” He was talking about love, but I trust you understand my meaning.