"From Idiotville to
is sometimes hard to come by.
The ideal inspiration
is usually the promise of a large wad of cash after a completed
assignment, but sometimes, usually during the summer months, that
sort of inspiration doesn't come as often as it should. It can be
hard to drag yourself out of bed if there's nothing to photograph.
May I suggest
a road trip. A road trip with a theme. A weird theme, but a theme.
You can search for cement cows, giant hot dogs, underground churches
or ghost towns but what about towns with funny names? You'll get
at least two good pictures for your efforts, one at the start and
one at the finish. If you go slowly enough you're bound to see something
interesting along the way, eat in some funky restaurants and meet
some people worth photographing.
How about a
trip from Idiotville, Oregon to Wankers Corner, Oregon just south
of Portland? Imagine explaining that to your friends and your boss.
Try doing it with a straight face.
What about George, Washington to Lincoln (Nebraska)?
out in the celebrity game? A trip from Drew, Louisiana to Barrymore,
Idaho might be in order. Or Brad (Texas) to Pitt (Kansas). Elizabeth
to Taylor (both in Arkansas).
Are you convinced
that your college years were the best? How about Bummerville, CA
to Trippville, Wisconsin via High, Texas? Be careful what you bring
Kentucky to Cushion, Alabama in search of the ultimate party joke?
Do a European
tour without ever leaving the lower 48. Amsterdam (Montana) to Madrid,
Iowa) to Rome (Kansas) to Paris (Texas to Berlin (Arkansas) and
You can even
go to Hell (California) and Back (Texas) without risking eternal
damnation (Damnation Peak, California).
Me? I'm going
to plot a route from Colburn (Idaho) to Colburn (Indiana) via Colburn
(Nebraska) and Colburn (Wisconsin). It's a 2300 mile journey that'll
at least result in enough good material for next year's Christmas
cards. Maybe I'll bring along a telescope to view Uranus (the planet)
from Mianus (Connecticut).
You, on the
other hand, should start on top of Camera Hill in Maine and head
for Photographer's Point in Wyoming. Bring your camera and some
good walking shoes, Photographer's Point is over 10,000 feet high.
Probably some very nice scenery.
Before you go
make sure you've done your Billing (Pennsylvania), received the
necessary Payment (Michigan) and taken your Money (Mississippi)
to the Bank (New Hampshire) so you can afford the Gasoline (Texas)
for your trip.
The opinions expressed are barely my own much less my employer's
so don't blame Time Magazine, Time Inc. or Time-Warner for anything
written here. Blame Newsweek.