I was waiting and waiting for an overcast day because I’ve had the shooting bug lately and I sometimes get impatient waiting until dusk to shoot. Alternately, I get tired waking up at 5am to shoot in the morning too, so an overcast day was just what I needed! I had some work to do in the morning that needed my attention so I kept my eye on the window, and much to my surprise the clouds didn’t disappear. Once I had a moment, I grabbed my gear and ran, not thinking about anything but photography.
I had been wanting to shoot this concept for a while now and for some reason never got around to doing it. Mostly I kept forgetting! I sometimes have an overflow of ideas and if I forget to write something down – boom – gone. It was an odd day of shooting because I didn’t encounter anyone and it was so very quiet. That is how southern California gets in the rain. Oh, did I mention it was raining? A lot? Turns out, that doesn’t work so well with paper airplanes.
I shot the main portion with myself posing and then photographed the airplanes which barely made it through. I had to stuff them in my waterproof backpack and then, by the end of photographing them, they were soaked through. I had a wad of paper balled up in my bag on the way home. It felt so good to be in the rain. I rarely get to experience that in California so I was basking in the amazing feeling that only rain can provide. It always feels tragic yet beautiful to me, a combination I love, and so this day was very special to me.