I’ve been back in New York for the past couple weeks & it’s the longest I have been here, since I lived here in late 2009. So many memories & thoughts have been circling back. I did a studio program the first semester of my junior year of college, because I needed something new, a different direction. I had started reading a lot about perfromance art & it’s relation to photography & video & have actually been rereading some of the articles I found around that time. I’ve been thinking about my work & life as the work & my role as a photographer in that.
This video was one piece that was made during the fall of 2009. There’s a lot of conceptual basis to it, that I’m not entirely sure is necessary to know. It was one of the first times I had really planned out a project before I even started making it.
I will admit, patience is a bit of a key to this work, stick around for the whole video.
I was afraid to repeat in the work, always. If you have to repeat something based on your own work, it becomes weaker. It’s a way of sort of sliding down. You should turn to something that’s new and never done before, even if you don’t succeed.
We were just outside of Gary, IN when while I was driving, the engine started fucking up. We found a garage & there was a failed piston in the engine. While Raf quietly freaked out, Jessie, Billy, & I deliriously laughed & chugged coffee. We abandoned the car at the garage & got drunk at the train station at 9am & then fell asleep on the train into Chicago.
Daikaya, Washington, DC
My sister in the DC Metro
A motel somewhere on the Eastern Shore
Harmony & I met at Coney Island almost 5 years ago & have only seen each other about once a year since. She recently moved from Florida to New York.
Maddy on the Coney Island pier
Caroline, Harmony, & Maddy en route to Coney Island
Champ’s Bathroom, Brooklyn
An ex once loaded my computer with cat power & I don’t think I listened to her once. This song came on shuffle the other day while I was designing my new book & it has put a certain cast on the photographs & design. Details of my new book will be released soon. For now, listen to this song & remember the people you’ve loved.