Journal- Page #1 (11/14/77 through 11/26/77)
This is a long document, so I have broken it up into several web pages.
The bottom of each page has links to all of the other pages.
The following text has been copied verbatim from the original document. The Journal Introduction
is also included as a link. The Journal introduction was written on 11/14/77. This introduction
reviewed my life in Photography. Then the next section gave a quick overview of the past year (12/76 through 6/77)
which I begin this page with (below). This journal was kept from 11/14/77 through 11/22/78. I appeared
to lose interest in maintaining such a document, since there are fewer entries toward the end. This journal was kept
in a spiral notebook with an Orange Coast College logo on the cover. I recall that this notebook was
a very prized possession at the time. The text is written with very long (poorly structured) sentences.
I will add my current thoughts with black text.
11/14/77 This is the beginning of document.
Recent, from 12/76 - 6/77 I rolled along steadly turning out work, which had no content except similar in composition.
Much of this work later, in 7/77 made into "31 Realms".
I felt while doing (in 7/77) 31 realms, that doing it would
be a big accomplishment, and that upon its completion (along with the Rollercoaster book) that I could do anything I
wanted. This 1/2 year was like a learning period, or basic training for myself. I thought that I would need a rest period\from
taking pictures. This rest period lasted almost a month (8/77).
Photography has now become like an instinct to me, I can now go out and shoot a roll and have 10 good shots on it.
A picture that I couldn't get after struggling in 74 was like childs-play now, a picture wasn't even a challenge any more.
All artists must at times think that they are great, because I do, and that is what keeps me going. At times, I picture myself
to Photography, what the Beatles were to music. At the level of awareness that I am right now, I realize that its dreams like this
that keeps them (me) going. Sometimes when I get depressed, I think that my stuff is really bad, and feel like quitting.
This usually happens after seeing good work by another photographer.
After my rest (Sept. 77), I took off on a Photo trip
to San Fransisco, starting my Door series.
11/16/77 (This Photo trip was taken in September 1977)
The trip was fun, I took off on Thursday noon, I drove north on the Ventura Freeway. I wanted to get out
of the hustle-bustle of the city before I stopped and took any shots. In mid-afternoon, I saw the perfect fence, along that
stretch of highway outside Oxnard, which is lined with Eucyliptus trees. I was now getting out of the reach of L.A. radio, pushed a
tape into the deck, but the heads were so dirty that no music came out. When I got to Santa Barbara I stopped at a Radio Shack
and bought Head Cleaner, ate at Mc Donalds, and left the city via San Marcos pass. I tried to get to Santa Maria before sunset,
so that I might get to Guatalupe sand dunes before dark, but no-going. It was dark. On highway 111, I shot the tree with Door.
I spent the night at the beach. In the morning, I shot some sand dunes shots and left for Pismo, drove down to the pier, but all
of the Pinball arcades were closed. I then drove up Highway 1, through Big Sur and arrives at Point Lobos at low tide, shot shots.
I then drove to Santa Cruz, found the Roller Coaster, bought tickets, and rode it a couple of times. I then went down to the
Boardwalk to an arcade. Evel Knievel was the new Hot machine, but I was content tp play Sky Jump, which I tore apart. Now
its getting dark. I went (edit) back to the Roller Coaster, and rode it and rode it. I got the
front car a couple of times, it was great. Later (edit), I drove over to Palo Alto, went into the arcade (Time Zone)
and played a prototype of Argosy, then I spent the night in a rest stop 20 miles outside S.F. The next morning, I shot the Door
at the Golden Gate, then drove straight home, got home Sunday morning, then I went to the Costa Mesa Grand Prix (same day)
and shot the series of arrows and bicycle shadows.
After the trip, I liked the photos so much that I decided to make them into a book and call the book: "The Door", but I needed
more shots, so I shot "Door Shots" for the next couple of months. Since the object does not look like a Door, I scrapped
calling the book "The Door". Possible other titles included: "A Piece of Junk", "Junk", "Antriconda", and "Trauma". I stuck
with the last one "TRAUMA". I made the decision in late October. I had always planned for a color cover, but got more than I
bargained for when I saw the proof sheet from 77-60 last week (shot in mid October). I decided to use two of them 776002
These were not used in Trauma
Now it is pretty much up to date, but I will go back and pick up the things missed from time-to-time, when the occasion calls for it.
On Wednesday 11/15/77 after work experience (at Los Coyotes) (I was in training to be a Water/Sewer Plant Operator)
I stopped at C.P.S. to pick up 2 rolls thqat I had left there on Monday. One of the roll that I had just shot 1 week ago from that day.
On 11/8/77, I shot a roll of Digesters at work experience (Orange County #1). I remember this well, because when I got there in the morning,
I was impressed by the photo possibilities there, so I decided to go home for lunch and get my camera. I only live
2 miles from the plant. I only had to go through one light to get home. The other roll was one that I found behing my seat,
and must have been the roll of the door with shadows of light poles, that I shot about 1 month ago, that I was missing.
The negatives looked great, the best batch in awhile. Last night (Thursday 11/16/77) I printed the negatives of the 2 rolls.
The Digester shots looked great, along with a couple of Door and Shadow shots. My first 2 favorites are the one Digester with 4 Pipes
draining into one Drain, and the horizontal of the shadow in foreground, and a Freeway in background. I think I will use the one
with the Shadow for our Art Photo class assignment about a fictional photo, and call it "Shadow; A UFO Landing".
On last Saturday, I went to a display of Trucks of the future (79 + 80 models probably) and had to answer questions about
them, after that I headed for Tom's house (in San Pedro). Along the way I shot pictures of the storage tanks at an Oil Refinery in
Carson, and planned on how I would like to shoot the shots of that huge Refinery for 76 Oil, in San Pedro. I will use a View Camera
and Color Film, shooting from Gaffey ???, looking in at morning or late afternoon. This will be my first project
when I get a View Camera. (I never got a View Camera)
Today was a pretty bad day, I saw Aurther Taussig (Photo Instructor at O.C.C.)
at lunch, and that was the only thing that made it, other-wise it was just boring wastewater lectures all day.
Tommorrow I will deliver a machine to Ralph, 2nd I will collect money from Brucker at Cars of the Stars (He owes me $50).
Then maybe a roll of Door shots, if not that, I will work on the term project- Slide show for class.(This explains why I suddenly shot
so many slides in late 1977)
Saturday 11/ /77 (No day date was entered, I assume that it was 11/26/77)
Its Saturday night, and the long weekend is coming to a close. The 1st 1/2 of the week, I was non-productive. On Wednesday,
I gave my slide show, and the photos blew-em-away. It was fun, and I brezzed through the slides. Thursday was Thanksgiving,
so I planned on Friday for shooting all day. Friday morning, I decided to gice Ralph Carnevale
(A friend of mine who owned a Bicycle Shop)
a quick visit, but ended up staying
at the Bike Shop till noon, fixing a machine. I left, and decided to head up the "605" Freeway, and give Brucker
a visit at Cars of the Stars. (In Buena Park)I ended up staying there till dark, working on machines. I set out to get
a significant image (I had a feeling for the past month, that over Thanksgiving week-end, that I would get a great image),
and it was dark. I opened the door of my truck, then I saw it "The Door with the lighted Juniper plant" shot, I took several
I went home.(Shot did not come out) This morning, I had to go to Covina and make a service call at Wolfies. It was a super clear
day, and I took the 57 Freeway to the 210 and got off on Covina Blvd. I ended up shooting most of the roll today, on the trip
to Covina and back. To start off, just seconds after I left home, I came upon this "Branch stuck in the hole of a Manhole Cover"
and ended up my shooting with a couple of shots on Lone Pine Road, between Arrow Highway and Covina Blvd.
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