wilderness drive: series notes

wilderness drive: series notes

two separate assignments from my college photo and design classes. they both ended up being about the same topic and inform each other pretty well. the book is about my neighborhood, a place that is utterly mundane which is said to make it safe but hurts the neighborhood by sanitizing everything. the photo set is about me living in that neighborhood. since i like wandering around in the woods behind my house i wanted to show what it looks like to explore when you live on a lifeless street.


these are the magician's secrets. while i believe it's much more fun to wonder how a photo was made, there are two reasons to reveal the process. one, it's too easy to assume that the more impossible shots were made in photoshop. and two, not many people know all the variables that make up film photography.

  1. using a phone light in one hand to light up the sign
  2. exposure for around five minutes very late at night on hallowe'en, a group of 20 high schoolers and two cars go by
  3. i wave my phone light behind me, hide it, move, and wave it behind me again
  4. parked my car in front of the sign to light it up
  5. using a lamp to light up my back deck covered in flour (which has been moved around by my hands and feet)
  6. while holding a lamp i sprinkle flour over the statue
  7. exposure for a couple minutes using my phone light and standing in the shot for only half a minute
  8. shining a phone light on my face, i move and continue to light my face
  9. an upturned for sale sign for an empty lot on a very foggy day
  10. phone light used as a backlight
  11. sister waves a phone light behind me
  12. sister sitting in shadows
  13. horse in front of a campfire, camera moved once halfway through exposure
  14. sister waves phone light behind me, i move, she continues to move the light behind me