I’m driving to Downtown Los Angeles one typical May Grey morning, excited to roam wherever the pictures take me.
After exiting the freeway and crossing the Fourth St Bridge, I could see this mural approaching. I fumble around for my phone and blindly open the stock camera app in hopes of getting a picture of the mural.
As I drove closer, I glanced in my rear view mirror to see if there were any cars behind me so I could slow down to get a better picture.
Four cars behind me and three in the lane to my right unnecessarily increased my speed and urgency!
I reach across my chest and grab my phone with my left hand, ducking it under my right arm and hand holding the steaming wheel.
Just after I clear my left hand past my right arm, there is all of a sudden tension, then the phone flies out of my hand.
Luckily, my window was rolled up!
I grab my phone and push the button to roll the window down. I compose my shot as best I can driving 54 miles an hour (I can’t drive 55, like Sammy Hagar).
I snap off three or four shots with my thumb not knowing if I got anything good.
An hour or so later, while eating a yummy Big Dipper from Cole’s, I look and see that three shots are in focus. The second shot was the keeper!
I am a bit annoyed that the mural is not perfectly centered. However, as an English teacher, I am certain I can come up with some sort of symbolism.
I later put the picture into Hipstamatic’s wonderful Tintype app. I tend to use that app with murals and street art.