Risky City

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Last month, I had the unique opportunity to take a road trip from Toledo to LA. The trip itself was both unique and exciting. While most people will tell you that this trip is worth taking once, I tend to disagree. This trip is worth taking as many times as your employer and your pocket book will allow. There is nothing like the night sky in the middle of the desert, the fresh air throughout the great plains, the breathtaking beauty of the mountains or the sheer wonder of the Vegas lights.

It took five days but when we finally made it to LA, I instantly fell in love with the city. It was both culturally unique and visually stunning. I’ve been to a lot of cities like New York or Boston where I end up saying something like, “The city is great but I couldn’t see myself living there.” I felt different about LA. About fifteen minutes in, I immediately understood while it becomes a Mecca for so many people. It’s difficult to identify exactly why I felt this way, I just know that I did.

When we got to LA, we stayed with Wes from Rediscover. Wes is an amazingly talented musician and while I’ve been familiar with his work for years, I never really had the opportunity to get to know him. While I was only in LA for two days, I had a blast hanging out with him and Dustin. The apartment that we stayed at was in downtown Los Angeles and the view of the skyline was amazing from the rooftop. My first night there, we took the elevator up 13 or 14 floors to the rooftop. Wes pointed out that a lot of photogs would jump the barrier to the next building’s rooftop and do photo-shoots near the edge. I took his advice and did just that. There was a railing that separated the roof from the edge of the building. Not really thinking about it, I jumped the railing with my equipment and set-u a few feet from the edge of the roof. After a few minutes, Wes came over and mentioned that I might be standing on an overhang. I looked down and noticed a hole near the area where I was standing. Looking through, I realized that the overhang was extremely thin and I could see right down all 14 stories to the hard LA concrete. I took that last photo, jumped over the railing and called it a night.

I tend to associate a lot of my images with the experience that I had creating them. Life is full of risks. Each time we wake up and leave our bed, we acknowledge the risks involved with going about our lives. Some risks are larger than others but life is undeniably full of them. No one ever got to where they wanted to be without risking something first. One of my favorite poets, T.S. Eliot, once said “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” I have lived too long without taking notable risks. The older I get, the more I want to risk everything just to see how deep the rabbit hole goes. This photo reminds me how important risk is, because it can either give you everything or take it all away.

9 responses

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (25 Jul 2010):

    What a trip and shot!!!!!!!!! Beautiful!!

  • Kristin Rude

    Kristin Rude said (27 Aug 2010):

    Wow. I suppose I should be writing more on my decriptions eh? Nice fish-eye and pretty good choice for the exposure. 10-20?

  • Joshua Ball

    Joshua Ball said (27 Aug 2010):

    Actually it's three bracketed exposures (HDR), the longest being 30 seconds.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (29 Aug 2010):

    WOW!!! great POV.

  • Erik Howard

    Erik Howard said (10 Sep 2010):

    Your commitment to REAL exploration--to avoid any cliches that would confuse who you are what you're doing with any chic, imitation ventures that more closely resemble urban pirating for imagery--is amazing! Thanks for the refreshing commentary and ethic to truly learn about and capture the essence of the artifacts of days past in our urban communities.

  • Rebecca Bramble

    Rebecca Bramble said (24 Sep 2010):

    This is an amazing shot!

  • Samantha Mack

    Samantha Mack gave props (27 Oct 2010):

    Great shot

  • Delores B. LeBron

    Delores B. LeBron gave props (1 Nov 2010):

    Oh wow!!! I absolutely love this!

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