Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Sometimes Life Sends Me Mixed Messages

Last weekend I pulled off to the side of the road to photograph something I knew I shouldn't be shooting (maggot infested roadkill). I left my windows down and ended up with 15 giant mosquitoes surrounding me when I got back in my car a few moments later. I am allergic to mosquitoes and get giant hives/welts from their bite so I freaked out and cried and screamed my way through the killing process with a rolled up magazine. And the photos I got weren't that great. I was too taken back by the site and smell at that moment to be still enough, plus those maggots move damn fast. I can actually smell these photos:

It's that embedded in my head that when I look at it closely my brain sends the scent of it into my nose. Scary thing, that human brain.

Last night, I grabbed my cookies I had just baked and left my house last night at 6:50p to go to a friend's place to watch Heroes. As I started driving I realized how beautiful the sunset was that evening and decieded to FINALLY stop and photograph it behind this field on my way to the freeway. As I neared the spot I noticed that I'd need to pull over quite far to avoid oncoming traffic being too close to my vehicle. So I pick a spot and start to inch over. "Not far enough" I thought to myself as I slowly move further onto the gravel roadside. My left side tires start to spin and my car slowly sinks into this uber-mini ditch I have driven too far into.
I'm stuck.
I call my brother to come help me get out since he's managed to get himself out of some wild spots in his previous vehicles. He arrives with two female friends I had just met at my house a moment earlier. They all try to push me out with no luck.
I had to call a tow truck and be pulled out of this tiny dip in the dirt! All cause I pulled over to shoot the sunset. This time I end up shooting an even more curiously disgusting subject: deer guts my brother pointed out near a tree where I pulled over (I had to wait for the tow truck so why the hell not spend it shooting).

This is what I got out this ridiculous situation:

Sorry if this is too gross for most people but I have an extreme interest in many sciences and one is the way creatures act, react and how we are all made up of these many components that hold us together most the time.

One of the girls decided to pretend we were pulled over cause I "hit her". She was pissed at all the gawkers slowing down to see nothing so she made "something" for them to see. If you look closely, she couldn't stop smiling.

My faint self portrait for that day:


unbearable lightness said...

Something in me just dies every time I see a dead animal along the road. What a horrible desecration of life to be left for the maggots.

I think you need to stop pulling over. Keep going to our friend's house in Ann Arbor and photograph US!


I am linking to you right now. My URL is http://drlightness.blogspot.com

mary said...

You are gutsy. And you make everything beautiful, even painful stuff.

jiggins said...

I am glad I found your blog in it's genesis.. I am excited to read your stories and perspectives as you continue to post them! Hope to see you around my way at CONTINUUM sometime!