25 June 2007

i'm standing on the brink of a bridge that's black at sunrise, i don't think i'll be home in time to dine

As I've mentioned in previous posts, photography is usually a solitary pursuit for me, and I don't often photograph people. Occasionally, though, I ask random people if I can photograph them. A few have refused, but for the most part people don't seem to mind; in fact, most people I ask to photograph end up opening up to me, telling stories about themselves. The people in the above photos were all interesting characters, and I ended up talking to each of them for at least 30 minutes. I would divulge some of their stories, but since I didn't ask them permission to print what they said, I think it would be the wrong thing to do.

I didn't realize it when I was taking the photo, but I just noticed that I cut off "Park in Back" on the second photo so that it reads "ark in back"--pretty cool accident. That shot was taken at an antique store in Cana, VA--the first and third shots were taken at Carpenter's Grocery in Patterson, VA; the fourth was taken at a gas station in Elkin, NC; the fifth was taken in Cana; and the sixth was taken at a tattoo/taxidermy shop in Jonesville, NC.


Kurney Ramsey said...

Hey, I really like your last few sets of photos. I saw you were taking photos near Elkin, I was near there taking photos myself a few weeks ago. My sister lives in Hickory, so I go up there every once in a while and get on the back roads and roam around taking photos.

Karen said...

I know you said you didn't care for your photo of the girl in the tattoo parlor, but I'm kind of diggin' it now that I'm looking at some of the details. There's a randomness about it that appeals to me. I also like how her shadow highlights her arm and the implied motion of her left foot. I don't know...it's pretty unremarkable at first, but then it grows on you.