First, a story. We were in the car, heading from San Francisco to Mariposa. I’d gotten the girls new coloring books and crayons for the trip and they were very busy with them. Mr. Mouse was driving and souricette 2 wanted him to take a crayon. He tried refusing but she insisted. So he took the crayon and stuck it behind his ear. At that very moment, I was inspired to take this picture.
It was a total make do moment. At first, I was going to wait until we got home and scout some locations. An old gas station, maybe? Bonus points for a retro car or truck of some sort. Lots of sun. A little dusty. You know what I’m talking about. And you also know that’s not New York. I stepped out of the car into that dry California heat (oh, the heat!) and I knew I had to take the picture in Mariposa. No retro gas station but the barber shop might do… It faced west and was bound to get some good light in the evening. The tee wasn’t tight enough but it was the best we had. So we set off for the shoot.
I wanted him leaning against the wall, next to the barber shop thingy, staring moodily into the distance. With the girls at his feet, sitting on the ground, hanging on to his legs or something. But it was too early still. The light wasn’t hitting properly. Why must the right light come only when you can’t use it?
And of course, I had my crappy lens and couldn’t blur the background as well as I wanted. But the image works, right? I loved the idea of the retro styling but with the modern crayon wielding dad. Especially this specific handsome one…