What’s On Your Photographic Bucket List

by | Jun 15, 2019

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

Bucket List: A list of things to do before you die. Derived from the term “kicking the bucket.”

Recently I wrote a post on my car photography blog about finding your “bucket list car” and while the Bentley pictured has yet to appear in my garage (nothing has) it hasn’t stopped me from dreaming or kissing a few frogs along the way. For the last 20 years I have had a photography bucket list that I wanted to share it with you today along with how well—not so, it seems—I’ve done with checking things off the list.

  • Space Shuttle Launch: The Shuttle program ran from 1981 to 2011. With some help from friends, I got a press pass to photograph a launch but NASA issues passes based on a specific launch. That mission was constantly rescheduled and finally scrubbed so I never made it, although I did get to the Kennedy Space Center for a tour once.
  • America’s Cup: The America’s Cup World Series will be held in 2019 and 2020 with a Christmas regatta in December 2020. In the past I tried but press passes are/were impossible to get for an financially and socially unconnected photographer like myself.
  • Easter Island: influenced by the late Fred Picker’s book Rapa Nui: Easter Island I’ve wanted to photograph the moai on Easter Island forever. Easter Island is 2000 miles from anywhere in any direction making it not easily accessible. My wife thinks I’m crazy to want to go there, just to photograph “the heads.” Maybe I am.
  • Antarctica: This was a big one on my list for a long time but it seems that affluent tourists are damaging the ecosystem with their visits, so this one has been removed from my list.
  • Indianapolis 500: Never made it but did get to photograph the penultimate US Grand Prix at Indy, thanks to Olympus.
  • Daytona 500: Never made it but did get to photograph some driver’s school events at Daytona last December, thanks to Olympus.
  • The Bridges of Madison County: Yes, there really are bridges.
  • The Classic Cars of Cuba.
  • Carhenge: This bizarre sculpture site is located in Alliance Nebraska, which is 260 miles from Daisy Hill, and it’s been my dream to photograph it in infrared, even more would be to photograph a beautiful model in a wispy gown at Carhenge. Maybe some day…
  • Monument Valley: It is located on the Arizona–Utah border near the Four Corners area and lies within the territory of the Navajo Nation Reservation. It is one my dreams to photograph it in infrared, like John Ford did in his film Fort Apache. Monument Valley is only 525 miles from Daisy Hill, so maybe some day…

What’s on my personal bucket list? I have been saving money to buy a used baby grand piano and start playing music again. That doesn’t look like it’s going to happen for two reasons: first, I don’t have much money to save these days and second my upcoming hand surgery may make the whole concept moot.

As you can see all of my bucket list items have so far eluded me so far and while I may never make it to Easter Island, I hope to someday achieve one of these goals, even if it’s just the one mentioned on my car photography blog.

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You can pick up a hardback copy of Fred Picker’s book Rapa Nui: Easter Island for four bucks and get inspired too. Pick up a copy and maybe Easter Island will be on your bucket list. I hop you make it.