after a 13 hour day of shooting, i dropped everyone back to the house in taupo and drove on my own to catch the last of the sun along desert road. chasing the sun to recreate this particular shot except under evening light instead of morning. without looking, i turned into the offtrack, jumped out of the car, mounted my camera on the roof of our rented van to take a shot of something i never ended up using.
had i not been in a rush, i would have realised that i drove straight into sand, stranding myself there in the middle of nowhere. no cell service to call AA. a few tears, a few fucks. I dug the wheels out, laid the ground with gravel i could gather from the side of the road. i rolled the car back to traction and eventually drove out of there, 2 hours later than i had intended.