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The Festive Alley

“Festive” isn’t generally the first word I come up with when I think about Butte, which is why these lights hanging on a jaunty line in an alley were a bit of a surprise.

Butte, Montana
photographed 8.29.2020

Bearing this beauty

There are notecards taped to the door in my studio. The pink ones have project titles on them, and the green ones beside them have ideas, things I’ve already photographed, places I need to visit, or whatever seems relevant to the project. Process matters, I guess, and this is my process.

One of the oldest pink cards has the phrase “bearing this beauty” written on it. (Also: I always write with a Sharpie. More process). That’s a phrase I heard somewhere and decided was a good descriptor for a project photographing (reading from the green cards) dumpsters, car washes, laundromats, and parking garages – things that are generally not associated with beauty. I’ve already photographed a lot of these things, and somehow the time seemed right to unveil the title. Of course, these dumpsters are joined by an electrical box, a pile of chairs, and that yellow thing. More beauty, if you want to think of it that way.

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 3.15.2020

Alley View

The winter-day alley view. (Look closely at the building on the right and you can see a row of tiny icicles…)

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 3.3.2019

Many hearts (drawn by different hands)

What I like so much about this is that the hearts were clearly drawn by different people. There’s a story there.

Abilene, Texas
photographed 4.14.2017

Love + Danger

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So, I was in this alley…

Of course “love” and “danger” are next to each other – I hope that wasn’t a graffiti accident.

Sundown, Texas
photographed 5.14.2016

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