'Wild Art' — Words photojournalists hate.
Asking a photojournalist to go look for wild art (see definition below) is like asking a 2-year old to give up an ice cream cone. First you get a blank stare, then it’s followed by tears, and not tears of joy. A photojournalist can NEVER find wild art when asked to look for it, so I learned a long time ago if you see something that could be used as wild art — SHOOT IT! My philosophy on wild art is shoot first, ask questions later.
Here’s a good example of a missed opportunity. Last week as I was driving northbound in Chandler, a white jeep passed me traveling southbound with a huge black & white Great Dane’s head sticking out of the sunroof, it was a very cool visual so I did a U-turn (don’t ask if it was legal & I won’t have to fib) to chase it. Unfortunately I didn’t catch them so I guess it wasn’t meant to be. Sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t.
Anyway I digress. Here’s a good example of wild art. Today as I was heading toward another assignment I saw two maintenance workers hauling a refrigerator with a handcart behind an electric golf cart, so I just had to shoot it. I always keep my camera within arms reach while working because you just never know when you’re going to see a Great Dane sticking its head out of a sunroof, or guys hauling a fridge behind a golf cart. And keeping your camera in your trunk won’t do you any good for fun spur-of-the-moment photos like this one below. So keep your eyes open, your camera close, but most of all have fun and follow your passion. (My definition of wild art in the photo world: an image of something unique not driven by a news story that can help fill a hole in the newspaper.)