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.
I’m in a mood, I guess, and my mind keeps giving me things to see and then jumping to think about something that is completely unrelated to what I just saw. Don’t get me wrong – that isn’t an uncommon occurrence. It’s just becoming more common.
And that’s why this looked like black lace overlaid on smooth blue fabric.