Part of being in college is learning about how to deal with stress. I’m not very good at it. Sometimes things just start piling up and I freak out. I have found that word searches are very easy for me, so doing one reaffirms that I’m not a talentless hack, as I sometimes feel during finals week. My current method for getting shit done is putting on music, lighting a candle, and tackling the homework slowly. Here are five songs I’m currently using to scale the mountain.
1. White Rabbit, Mayssa Karaa
As soon as I saw American Hustle I fell in love with it, and I started listening to a Youtube playlist of the soundtrack. This one has got to be my favorite, though 10538 Overture by ELO is a cloooose second. (In other news, did any of you know about this?! Time to start saving.)
Shooting good photos at NASCAR events is definitely difficult for three major reasons: the cars are moving, they’re far away, and the catch fence obscures them. They can also get repetitive, because once you find a sweet spot through the fence, you want to keep shooting a bunch of cars from the same angle.
Most of these photos were taken from somewhere in the infield, which is much easier because you don’t have to worry about the fence. (Also, people camping in the infield are hilarious, if not drunk and destructive.) I like to get the unusual shot that people don’t see – you don’t always see the crew chief looking pensive after a stop, or a car coming out of its stall for inspection. If you have the chance to go in the infield and take photos, take full advantage of your opportunity (because a lot of money was spent for you to be there!).
A few of these are also from NASCAR-related things at the track. For example, the man looking at the car was at the Hall of Fame in Charlotte, and the Dale Earnhardt statue was outside at Daytona. These replicas represent the sport, and people interacting with them can often yield some cool responses. Before the Daytona 500, everyone flocked to the Earnhardt statue to pay respects to his memory. I think that says a lot about our sport on a lot of different levels. Also, the man looking at the car at the HOF reminds me of my dad and grassroots racing, something I’d love to explore in a series.
Here are a few of the ones I liked the most.