Ignore the boring font and basic design. In a hurry here people.
Okay, up early and not a lot of time. I’m juggling family, vast distances, local friends who are accommodating and the complexity that crowds are having on my immediate future. I’m attempting a Plan A, Plan B and Plan C for the next three days, which isn’t easy around here. I might be sleeping along the road, on a ranch, here in Laramie, up at Tie Siding, or some unknown location that has yet to present itself.
I wanted to illustrate the spread idea I was talking about, “Live Booking,” if you will. These are SAMPLE spreads because I’m in a hurry, but just think about how easy and fun and strategic this could be. What I have been doing is focusing on ONE thing. Stills. I was thinking I could do both stills and motion, and I’ve done a LITTLE bit of motion, but primarily I’m doing stills. My second focus is on notes. Writing, and recording quotes. And when I say recording I mean pen and paper. My audio rig is in my bag and won’t return. Not only it is too much to do, and do well, but none of the people I’m working with have time or patience to sit around while I rig my audio over and over. I also don’t have the ability to carry these things when I’m jumping from vehicle to vehicle. Truck to truck to Razor to on foot.
Okay, these spreads are again just samples, but they literally took two minutes to mock up. All you need is a solid still and a solid quote or observation. You do this several times a day and you have a book on your hands. When you return you put finishing touches and you go to print. BOOM. Simple and efficient. And fun. Working this way makes a LONG day of logistical challenges seem like a productive day, and I don’t know about you but I’ll take any perceived mental victory I can get.
What I learned yesterday.
1. Less is not only more it is the only option.
2. Even on a challenging day photographically, I can save my lack of imagery with good observations, notes and quotes.
3. I need a second body because there is no changing lenses out here.
4. I love this place.
5. I will return here much more in the future and will eventually create a serious project of depth and higher quality. But, it will require both summer and winter time and the winter here will kill your ass if you aren’t careful.
6. THIS IS A TOTAL BLAST.