Driving to Work in the Rain
Twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, I get in my car to make the 16 mile drive from Orange to La Mirada to teach Web Design at Biola. It is a straight shoot up the 5 fwy that sometimes takes less than 20 mins. from door to door and sometimes 45 mins., all depending on traffic.
Yesterday the 6 o'clock hour was a time of the night falling and a time between two storms. The car was still wet with rain drops, the road was semi-dry, and the clouds were roiling in the sky.
That afternoon I had been thinking about photography, light, and capturing random moments. I had also been on the phone with Meg discussing art theorists Chris Miles, Raphael Rubenstein, and Libby Lumpkin's post-modernism. I would not consider myself a post-modernist nor do I see myself as a modernist, but if I had to choose I would rather set up camp before a Rothko or a Diebenkorn than a Vegas show.
I am an unabashed lover of Abstract Expressionism and color field painting, as well as the California school. My own painting, photography, and webdesign reflect this love of color and single or minimal figure/object compositions. I much prefer a painting or photo a person or place in a quick moment to a carefully composed study or a controlled shot with the "right" lighting or lens. Maybe I ought to buy a Lomo, as I love the thrill and surprise of just taking pictures and finding out after how many turned out and if one or two or three sing.
As I drove over the Santa Ana river that was full of rain water, I was struck by the drops of rain on my car windows, the gray light filtering through the clouds, and how the taillights of cars and trucks illuminated the dusk. The traffic was slow-ish, so I pulled out my camera and just took random photos of the freeway, the other cars, all the familiar buildings and signs all the way to work.