I’m taking today off. In the five days since I left SLC, I drove 1,600 miles, including three trips from Phoenix to Tucson (one of them all the way to Nogales) and made the essential pictures I had targeted for the U.S. Hwy 89 project. There’s still more I want to do now that I’m here, including some urban skyline stuff in Phoenix, after I restock the well. In the Artist Way, Julia Cameron prescribes the Artist Date (a weekly excursion to do something completely non-productive and fun) as a way to sustain creative energy. The concept works for me when I allow it. So today, Mom and I ate breakfast out, went to a great used bookstore, and saw a 3D IMAX film about whales and dolphins. I am teaching her dog to roll over. I’ll be back at the task tomorrow, with refreshed vision and more gas in the tank.
Today I offer a photo from my last trip to Arizona, when I came to make photos of Sunset Crater itself. We flew south from the monument, where we found an area devoted to ATV trails; even at sunrise, the riders were burning $4 per gallon gasoline. I find the patterns of the tracks attractive, even beautiful, in their own way, even if little else of the sport appeals to me. Think about the word recreation: to re-create oneself. How people go about restoring and reinventing themselves fascinates me, especially when it involves noise and destruction. I hope those riders found what they were looking for in their ATV dust. I’ll look for mine elsewhere.
Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.
– Henry David Thoreau