Circuit of the Americas
Rain, mud, rain harder, mud muddier, on repeat. It was not the weekend I wanted to take out my photo gear and get it soaked so we spent more time in the rental RV. After Road Atlanta I trucked it through AL, MS, and LA to get to Austin and it was pouring the second I got there and didn’t let up until race day pretty much.
Here is where I want to take a pause: Louisiana marked my 50th state! As I drove across that state line I was that weirdo losing it in the car. Fist pumping, beating my chest, yelling, crying and just reflecting on the journey this far as I let Jesus take the wheel.
From a young age I think I subconsciously had all 50 states on my bucket list and to achieve them all at the age of 26 is well, remarkable. I would like to thank Dee and my bank account/budgeting for providing me the opportunity to get around to the most obscure parts of this country and planes for getting me to Alaska and Hawaii.
So panning at COTA is a different animal. This track has no help of crazy elevation like Road Atlanta. It also is dripping with fences, jersey walls, and ugly ass banner ads all over but the few trees that are around get in the way! You can see all of the above in these photos including a pole that I happened to catch dead center on Vettel’s prancing horse.
It was nice to have my whole family there including aunt Terri and uncle Stan to share in the amazing Bruno Mars concert on Saturday night. I didn’t take my camera out to shoot the show but you’re gonna have to take my word that it was SAWEEET. Contrast that with Britney Spears the next night who never once broke the script and lip-synched the whole entire show. Bruno tore it up and performed like a boss while engaging the crowd and moving his hips like no other man can.
Racing photography is so incredibly fun. It feels extremely artistic and creative and allows you to do so many more things than just point and shoot. I am at the beginning of my racing photography journey and have so many more ideas of where to take them. In the near future I hope to be back out to tracks of all kinds working on my skills both in the driver seat and behind the lens.
In the meantime, I will be printing my photos to start getting a more tangible feel for what my art produces, sometimes just having a whole Instagram feed of images doesn’t do them justice. Prints have always been something I have wanted but have yet to pull the trigger as if I was scared to mess them up…life is made for making mistakes and mistakes allow us to learn and grow, photography is the perfect example of that.