Personal Essays

Drive-by Santa Cruz

My family is quite fortunate in that my in-laws live in Santa Cruz, CA. We get to pack our bags and escape the central valley for the coast every 4-6 weeks, spending the weekend within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean. Not surprisingly, most of my photographs are taken in Santa Cruz. But what is unexpected is the way I take them – from the window of a moving vehicle. Yes, drive-by shooting. I have been taking pictures this way since I purchased my first digital camera close to 5 years ago. We were in Hawaii and I was giddy with the freedom afforded from shooting digitally; the seemingly unlimited number of pictures I could take and the instant gratification of viewing those pictures on that little screen. And then I started sticking my camera out the window and snapping away as we drove along the island. What fun! I was hooked.