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california license plate: the fray

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Back in March, Heather forwarded me an email from Craig's List....

"I am a professional photographer looking for people with personalized vanity license plates on their car, truck, rv, motorcycle, or boat. In exchange for posing for me next to your vehicle, I will give you an 8X10 copy of the portrait free of charge. I will come to your home or wherever and whenever is most convenient for you and the whole shoot will take less than a half hour. I am willing to drive up to an hour from San Francisco so if you are within this range, contact me. This is for a book I am trying to make for an art project, if you know of anyone who might be interested, please forward them this posting, thanks, Ryan Schude"

I'd registered THE FRAY as a license plate back in 1997 in a fit of geekdom. I remember going to pick it up at the DMV. The pierced guy behind the counter took it out of its plain brown wrapper as he was handing it to me. "The fray, huh?" he said. "Is that your band?"

I so wanted to say yes.

Anyway. I emailed Ryan and we got together on a windy San Francisco day a few weeks ago. He set up a one of those old fashioned 4x5 cameras, the kind where the photographer disappears under a sheet (or, in this case, a jacket). The film is so expensive for those cameras, he took one and only one shot. A few days ago it arrived in the mail, as promised. That's it up there. Cool, eh?

If you're in the Bay Area and have a personalized license place, too, email Ryan (ryanschude at to give it a whirl. Tell him I sentcha!

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