Mobile Lifestyle : Hollywood, California
There are moments when you really want to capture something, and yet there’s no time to compose the shot, check focus, or consider how you might correct or treat it. I took this out the passenger window of my car on the way home yesterday, a moment before a van pulled in between and the light turned green. Certainly, I could have pulled over and spent some time on it. But for this framing I would have had to stand in the middle of Sunset Blvd. at rush hour, which isn’t a great option. I was also hungry (ironically) and racing to get home. As it is, I don’t really like the shot – but this blog isn’t always about posting shots I like, I suppose. I think sometimes it has to just be about sharing a subject and a context; and any beauty or geometry or thoughtfulness might be forgone, in favor of just a time and a place.
But why was I drawn to this particular homeless cart, when there are so many to choose from? In this case, I think I was compelled by the use of Captain America schwag, camo roof, and Mickey Mouse. Was the owner trying to send a message to us? Or were they simply trying to project some level of security and protection onto their circumstances, while keeping things light and cheerful? I also see imagined things in their composition; an owl, a walrus, Albert Einstein. This is someone’s entire life, sitting on a curbside – and it is a far simpler life than my own, with a smaller footprint. But it is complicated too; the design, the backstory, the process of just staying alive in America, against the odds.