Saturday, September 05, 2009

Neon Mojo

My neon mojo seems to be on vacation right now. I got a lot of blurry and crappy shots tonight. Maybe I'm just rusty. Or maybe I just should cut myself a little slack. I haven't shot any neon in months, I'm rusty, a little tired, and my eyes hurt from trying to get used to my new eyeglasses today. Also, I shot all of these from inside my Enterprise $9.99/day weekend cheapy rental car. Everywhere I went there were freaky people, and I really didn't want to engage with them.

Oh, excuses, excuses.

Well, it was short trip tonight, but I'm still taking baby steps coming back...

This was a jewelry store in a really crappy strip mall in Gaithersburg,
next to a place called "Starvin' Marvin Pizza." This sign reads "Importers."
Even without my shaky hand, you can barely read it.

Love the neon, but the entryway debris doesn't really encourage me
to buy my next bouquet from them...

Ah, what would a Maryland Saturday night be without a keg and some keno?

This dentist's sign totally cracks me up.
The tooth has lips, but no teeth of its own.
Ponder that one, kids.

I know this sign says "A and S Salon."
But every single time I drive past this place, I misread the ampersand.
It will always be the ASS SALON to me.

These are just the hanging lamps at a Jerry's Subs & Pizza.
I kinda dig how they came out, a little blurred.
Nice, warm colors and soft shapes.

Okay, enough for tonight. I promise, I will try harder next time. I saw a sign for a hookah bar and a cactus wearing a sombrero, advertising fajitas, so I *haveta* go back out and try again.

G'night, kids!


Unknown said...

OOO I love shooting neon... stated doing it when I discovered that you could "push" Ektachrome to ASA 400 back in about 71... actually made money doing it during 77-78 doing a city photography gig here in the ATLfor a local ad agency.....

I too love those soft shapes & colors in that last shop... my love of neon led me to work as a Laser technician for Blue Oyster Cult for several years as well...

you have the eye... keep it up...


Merujo said...

That had to be a total blast (and a LOT of work) doing the lasers for BOC. (And I hope you had enough cowbell!) ;)

Good to see you out here, man!

Chuck said...

Cold Keno sounds kind of intriguing.

Spencer said...

HA - I saw Ass Salon too. Now I'm wondering what an Ass Salon would do?

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J.M. Tewkesbury said...

Definitely cut yourself some slack. These are all fabulous, IMHO!