Moving to a new location is like shaking a magic eight ball, or getting a box of chocolates, or any other cliche you can think of. Gillette is a new scene with different moments and every day is a gamble. It’s a town built on cowboy hats and oil rigs, and the people are neighborly and inviting. Local supermarkets stay open during power outages and retirees show up to shovel the high school football field for the biggest game of the season.
The biggest change I’ve seen (besides constantly trekking through deep snow and cow droppings) is the access. It’s easy to take advantage in a small city and go places I would normally be restricted to. Along the same lines, the people in my photographs are not paying attention as much. Not sure if they are used to a camera being around or they simply don’t care. Either way, I’m going to milk it (another cow reference, there’s a lot of cows here). Regardless, I’m always experimenting with new tactics to be a wall flower. Wearing bland colored clothing, asking for names and quotes at the end, using the phrases “pretend I’m not here” or “do what you would normally do” more often. I’m interested to hear what works for other folks. Feel free to participate in sharing time.
On a side note, working for print again is a refreshing reset. It’s more efficient and better practice to aim for a few stronger images, rather than a large collection of mediocre ones. I can tell my shooting and editing process is much more selective. Although we’re well in the digital age, it’s alright to conserve some ammo.
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