When I was around twelve years old, I really really wanted to be a National Geographic photographer. More generally I wanted to be a travel photographer and imagined myself hiking the world taking pictures of exotic cultures and cities. Alas, I drew pictures instead. But this month I can at least put something like that old dream on my resumé, as National Geographic Traveler magazine published one of my photos on page 26 of the current Nov/Dec 2010 issue.
Not exactly an exotic locale, this image was taken in the Philadelphia Airport on Christmas Eve 2006.
I spent my teenager years living in Pasadena, Texas, a suburb of Houston. We moved there from Little Rock when I was eleven, and the first “fact” I remember was that the highest point in Houston was an overpass. This may have been a joke (my stepfather was full of these kinds of things) but judging from these overpasses, not too much of one. There are several places in Houston that my mom called “spaghetti bowls” where several directions and lanes from several intersecting freeways merge and connect. These are from Google Maps.
As a kid, these fascinated me. As a teenager and young adult trying to drive on them (as well as the ones in Dallas), they infuriated me, and now as an adult who drives mainly in Philadelphia and New Jersey, where they have other kids of bizarre transportation issues, they fascinate me again.
You can see a pretty strong inspiration from these highway intersections in my puzzle that was published by Mudpuppy a few weeks ago, and now I’m working on a big book about cars and trucks and other forms of transportation (yes yes, again, mais pas en Francais!) and I’ve been collecting photographs for reference. I spent a chunk of time this morning looking on Flickr for good overpass/highway pictures and I just want to share. So many amazing things.
credit: mozu-guzu on Flickr.
credit: k n u l p on Flickr.
credit: Billy Jack O’Toole on Flickr.
credit: kokix on Flickr.
credit: TKNK. on Flickr.
credit: paul.derry on Flickr.
credit: sinkdd on Flickr.
credit: sqzg on Flickr.
credit: U3K-Y on Flickr.
credit: cocoi_m on Flickr.
credit: changezi on Flickr.
credit: scottapeshot vis Google Maps on Flickr.
credit: scottapeshot vis Google Maps on Flickr. This is the “spaghetti bowl” I write about above. Thanks Scott.
credit: cjw333 on Flickr.
And one of my own taken from a bus in New York City:
Well this is different. In a certain career move that has nothing at all to do with childrens books or illustration I was asked to write a small piece for Wired.com’s how-to wiki. Michael Calore, the section’s editor, asked me to explain how I got my iPhone to take these twisty distorted photos that I have on my Flickr page.
And just so everyone knows, I’m also available to write articles on getting the most out of pocket calculators and electric pencil sharpeners.
Here’s the link.
I’ve posted a dozen or more pictures of my studio to Flickr. Most of them are annotated. Comment and enjoy.