Phoenix Drive-by

Phoenix is a car-centric city. For most of us, our experience of our city is about destinations, home, work, friends, events, shopping. The rest of the city we see through our car windows. The photos here are part of a project I am working on to explore that condition of being a Phoenician. I mount a camera on my passenger seat, facing out the side window, and trigger it remotely while driving throughout the city at normal road speeds. 

The images reveal aspects of Phoenix that, as a driver, are easily ignored. The street population while sparse is diverse: working men and women, youth, homeless. The passing landscape is sprinkled with humanity, occasional beauty, sharp images to blurred visions barely exposing character or emotion.

The limitations imposed by high shutter speeds and remote triggering often render unpredictable results due to varying light conditions and travel speed. The urban background is often distracting and favors, at times, severe cropping. Because of these factors I have chosen to treat each image uniquely rather than attempt to impose a consistent style.

Landscapes and Experiments

I have always been interested in photographs that seem like snapshots of memory: imperfect, layered, improbable realities that form after the fact. I have used in-camera multiple exposure and intentional camera movement to try to achieve images that capture these ideas. They often combine a painterly abstraction with photographic detail.


The oceans and seas have a powerful effect on us. They can bring us together, create an ease for play and celebration. They also can draw out our need for solitude, as well as others respect for it.

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