The Camera Looks West

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Driving home through Fort Ord in the evening, I point my camera west without looking through the viewfinder. The lights are coming on in the homes of Seaside. People are just coming in from work, getting dinner ready.

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I have no idea who General Jim Moore is, but I’m driving up a street named for him. Everything in this area has a military theme. One of the roads is named “Lightfighter.” Another is named “Bataan.” Reminders of battles, victories, defeats. Just so we know.

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I turned the car around for a minute, and pulled over to get a shot of the bay near Monterey and the lights of Seaside. This time, I actually looked through the viewfinder and focused, kind of. I read somewhere–Richard Henry Dana Jr.’s Two Years Before the Mast–that Monterey in the early 19th century was where whaler and sealer ships stopped to refuel–and to party.

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Blurred shapes and lights move past me as I drive. I almost said “us,” the camera and I.

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