On my way out of LA in the Mojave Desert I ran into the General Lee, the car that was used in the TV series Dukes of Hazzard. This made me so happy because as a kid growing up in South America in the Seventies things were pretty bleak for kids. Bo and Luke Duke were the coolest (right after Colonel Steve Austin aka 6 million dollar man) spending their days jumping their car and cruising around. I dreamed of a life like that for myself AND for a girlfriend that looked like Daisy Duke.
So I sped up, passed the car, and waited for it to go by to take a picture. I was working with a point and shoot and the thing did not snap when I wanted it to so I just kept pressing until it did, the car passed me by and I wasn’t sure I got the shot. I looked at my viewfinder, saw the pic I got and jumped in a weird way, kind of like doing jumping jacks because I was so happy I had gotten a shot of The General Lee with my Moto in the foreground! I knew it was going to be a great trip.
Whats interesting about this is that I had been working a lot on a bunch of different projects and I wanted a break from creating. I even thought of not bringing a camera…after my reaction to the shot I got, I was reminded of something I have always known: photography is not a job for me, it is me.
I also had a girlfriend that was even more beautiful than Daisy Duke. Blew that, but that’s another story.