ON THE FLY
For more than fifty years I have been shooting out the car window while driving. As crazy as this sounds it may be a lot safer than talking on a cellphone while driving, not to mention texting, or putting on makeup, which I once read is the largest cause of traffic accidents in Los Angeles on a daily basis.
My first ‘from the moving car photos’ were made from my VW bus back in 1964 when I drove all around America on my first long car trip. What was so amazing about this revelation – that one could shoot while driving – was that I saw myself driving as if I was inside of the camera, and that the car window was the lens, and that life was streaming by me and all I needed to do was to raise my camera and reach out for it, and then the irretrievable moment was snatched out of the passage of time.
I have made many thousands of images this way and I never tire of the challenge and the surprises that show up on film, or now, the screen. This moment was just what you see. A migration or flight of uncountable numbers of birds, flickering in sunlight and then gone.