8,500 miles: Day 42
Back on track and about to head back west! This past weekend, I packed up the car with my friends Mick & Christina and we headed up to Portland, Maine. On our way there we hit up an abandoned drive-in located in South Windsor, CT which is now my new favorite theatre. It was so beautiful and overgrown. I found a model with a 64 Grand Prix that I got to drive into the overgrown lot and park in front of the screen. I hate to tell you about the shot and not share it, but some things are worth waiting for. This might be the best shot I have taken so far on this trip. I could have explored for hours but as per usual on this trip, mother nature had a different plan. The sky looked like doom our entire drive there and of course, after about 30 mins of shooting, it started to pour. I managed to protect my gear and shoot through some of the rain before we continued our venture up north.
We got in late and were sitting outside of the house we were staying at when Pippen, Mick & Christina's dog, bolted after something. Turns out it was a skunk and poor Pippen got sprayed in the face. It was horrible but you can either get upset or you can deal with your situation through lots of laughs. We chose the latter. It was strange seeing signs all over for Portland. It was the closest I had felt to home while simultaniously being the farthest I will ever be on this trip from my Portland. By the way Oregon, I hate to break it to you, but I think Maine might be more Portland than you. Portlandia might need to shoot its next season on the other coast.
Saturday night, we hit up the Saco Drive-In, a theater that was saved last year by Honda's Project Drive-In. It is always great getting to meet drive-in owners, especially ones that have been saved by Honda's efforts. I know there is a good chance that my project wouldn't have made it this far without Honda loaning me the 2015 Fit to drive for my trip. I can't even imaging what it must feel like for the theaters to win a digital projector from them, which really can be what makes or breaks their small business.
Sunday we headed back to Brooklyn, making a pit stop in Sutton, MA to shoot one more abandoned theater. This one had some of the most interesting structures I have seen so far. It was a pretty jam packed weekend. Now I am back in Brooklyn for the next few days. I was fortunate enough to book a few portrait gigs while I'm here. I will be doing some freelance work this week while I wait for my best friend April to fly in so she can join me on my drive from New York to Chicago!