Final Bout Gallery, 19’
When SuperD last September came to an end, it was time to say goodbye to all the friends i’ve made in the Chicago area - locals and those who came to visit, much like I did. When Angel from Goldstar asked if i would return for Gallery, It was with an eager attitude that i responded yes. I’d like to say thanks to Simba, Angel, and Kevin Chang for helping make this trip possible. Also a big thanks to Team Blackmoon who let me tag along while in Shawano. You guys helped make this trip and weekend possible and it would not have been the same without you. My appreciation and love. xoxo
I began the journey a bit differently this time around. I wasn’t running late and didn’t miss my flight. Maybe there are benefits to being punctual after all. After I arrived in Chicago Wednesday afternoon, I took a quick Uber to Itasca, IL. There i met up with all the boys who were in town. I said my hellos then went inside to freshen myself up a bit and tuck my bag away. Whenever I go on these trips I like to keep it simple. I gave myself one bag. One bag for the camera gear, computer, clothes, and toiletries. I promptly made the decision to forego shooting for the day and just be present.
That decision grew to haunt me as the day progressed. I romanticized being able to leisurely be somewhere just to hang around and shoot the shit. I found repeatedly framing shots mentally or thinking about how i’d want to shoot something. Eventually I found a happy medium and took photos or video with my phone.
The plan was Pequods Pizza on Thursday.
Pequod’s is a MUST for the crust alone.
I felt much happier with my camera the next day. I found that I can just go off in my own little world when it’s in my hands. That’s the very escape I was searching for. Lesson learned. This was exactly what I’ve been yearning for. There’s something to be said about the collection of people are cars that Final Bout attracts. It put in me in the mood to shoot for the days to come.
I believe it’s safe to say that most hobbies offer an escape. An escape from the daily grind- from the boring and monotonous day to day that we inevitably lead. Not to say it’s bad to find the rhythm in your routine, but a break from the same tune is nice. I guess that’s why people feel the “Final Bout Blues”. Hitting that high of achieving something you’re set on, in a world away from reality, then having to head home and wait for the next one.
People like Dom from Goldstar, with something to prove, drove his car from Northern California to Chicago. From there he moseyed over to Shawano to drift for two days, then back to Chicago, before finally setting his eyes on the West Coast.
I spent the next two days on the track shooting photos almost all day. There was nowhere else I’d rather be. I got a good amount of practice that was much needed.
In short, I want to thank everyone who had a hand in Final Bout for creating something that people can pour their hearts into. You guys have created a platform for people to express themselves-drivers, builders, and media folk alike. Here’s to growth and happiness. Until we meet again, hopefully under similar circumstances.