I have resigned to photographing this house every time I have the opportunity. I have been to this place 5 or six times. Sometimes I take the same composition, other times I find new views. Now that I live closer to the location than I did when this series started, I can make many more visits in all seasons. The bottom line is that the Kudzu House has a special place in my photographic heart and I want to watch it evolve into dust as best I can.
This is a view from what seemed like the top of the world in NC. The Appalachian Trail crosses this wonderful bald spot in the mountains. I have the pleasure of seeing it thanks to my girlfriend taking me there last week.
It made me think a lot about the 'WALKING PICTURES' and how many different ways that I could take that term within a photographic context. It's seemingly endless as an idea.
After a great and relaxing visit to Hot Springs NC this past week, I found this view of the 'landscape' worth a second or third look. This image also gave me pause to look back through some past trips and images to find that I seem to love painted landscapes. I can think of some in Milwaukee, Lousiville, Memphis & Niagra Falls that are also noteworthy.
I have a great idea about a new show of my work. I have tentatively titled it 'GATHERING PLACES'... Stay tuned!
So this is a good one. During one of the first trips home to work on my Southeastern View photographs, I blew a tire in KY. Luckily the Brooks Brothers were open late on a Sunday. I think if I would have had this experience today, I would have been more adventurous and photographed the interior of this place. Alas, I only busted out the XA and played outside for a minute while the Brothers did their work getting me back on the road.
Here's a good photograph I dug up from the 1999 neg box! I most likely shot this on a walk with my Olympus XA (a favorite pocket device back then). Touching on the theme of the automobile as well as the immediacy of a Walking photo. A testament to the ideals of keeping your eyes open in the world and that everything you look at could be something worth seeing, despite its banality.
Heading way back, into the 90's, I found some really fun B/W images that I had buried deep in the archives. I used up the car/garage theme pretty heavy as a fetish art property back in those days. I personally enjoy seeing where my compositional habits lie in these early images as compared to the formal stance I began to take a few years later. Looking at newer work, I can see a mix of the two styles in the compositions I have been making.