5.06.2009

a sneak peek + "drive-by shootings"

i thought i would give you one sneak peek into my florida pictures {since i'm still trying to sort through and organize them}. it's not a very good photo—but it's just a teaser, and it is also a segue into a post that i had started and planned to publish before i went on my trip but never got around to. more about that in a bit.

first i'll explain this shot. like i said, it's not ground-breaking photography—in fact, it's quite unplanned. this was taken from the back seat of my father-in-law's car after being picked up at the sarasota airport. as we approached the main road that runs along the gulf on our way to long boat key, i was so excited about my first view of the gulf since we landed, i just started shooting impromptu. it turned out to be one of my favorite photos. even though you can not see much water, i loved the clouds.

i realized last week that i like to take these "en route" type of pictures very often—whether driving or just riding. it's a thrill to try to capture something while moving. {much more safe when i am the passenger instead of the driver, i know.}

my sister has a book called drive-by shootings. it's about the photography of david bradford—a new york city cab driver and photographer who captures wonderful images while driving through the streets of new york. because of her discovery of this photographer's work, she made her flickr username "drive-by shootings". i had not heard of the book, and i found this to be very clever. i asked if i could use it for my blog, since i love to take pictures while i drive and find that i post so many of them.

that is when she told be about the book and when i researched it a little. his work really is so interesting, and he has a great web site, as well. so, although i can not take credit for the post category name, i am creating a new tag/button for these posts. like i said, i find myself posting them often. even though they are not great images technically, there is just an energy and vibe to many of them that really draws me in. often they are blurry, but there is a spontaneous quality to them that i love.

one of my favorite drive-by shots {of a bus stop in downtown chicago} is on my ethereal blog—here. even my banner photo for this blog is a drive-by shot.

just last week, i took these {below}—some on my way to my mom's house and some as i rode to and through milwaukee. i'll also be tagging my previous posts with these kind of shots, so they will be viewable by clicking on the "drive-by shootings" button in the right-hand column of my blog page.







12 comments:

margie said...

i spent a week in march in long boat key village. our friends rented a little tiny cottage/bungalow for the winter. i loved it, such a cute place, lots of old people though!! gorgeous beach.

~B~ said...

I love the similarity of the flordia one and the one first one of the other photos. The railings for some reason I love.

Haphazardkat said...

I love looking at every day images through your eyes. You see magic and fairies dancing that we miss in our rush of life.

The silo pic? I can see ghost horses galloping through the long grass...

Simply beautiful.

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

I've been hit!



I like the name. Will make an interesting series.



-WW

Char said...

I didn't know about the book but I find myself doing that a lot as a passenger, taking photographs and then nashing my teeth while I'm driving because I don't have a free hand for the camera.

beautiful shots Georgia - I love the subtle blur in some of them.

spread your wings said...

I LOVE the idea of this. thank you so much for sharing the link too.
you are a natural.

Jane said...

Love the tag, "drive-by shootings". I like to do that as well but I really enjoyed your post explaining the cab driver's perspective.

elk said...

i so enjoy the whole concept of drive by shooting...imagine taking them as a NY cabbie great link Georgia!

have I said lately how amazing you are my friend!

beth said...

I've always loved "drive by shootings" as long as nobody gets hurt and the photos are cool like yours !!!

Chris said...

You definitely seem to excel at these drive by shots, they're like a signature item for you. I like them because you're capturing a glimpse of something rushing by, and the magic is trying to figure out what it is. Plus the blur is so beautiful in itself.

I didn't see your new camera til now (I was on hiatus from bloggging for a long time). It looks awesome!!! I missed the story on how you got it, so you'll have to fill me in when we get together. Email me if you'd like to hook up next week :)

Georgia B. said...

chris, i bought it right before i went to florida from the guy i went to high school with. he will be going to the arboretum on sunday, too. are you interested in going???

i'll call you some today about it.

Ms Unreliable said...

I love drive-by shootings! Some of my favourite photos of my trip to Europe (many years ago now!) were taken on the move!