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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

Fries

I guess the promise of fries just wasn’t enough to keep this place in business. It’s a shame, I guess, although there still are plenty of fries-related options all over the place.

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 3.15.2020

Me

Look! It’s me.

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 3.15.2020

Her anointed head

Maybe she sat in the sun on purpose, having checked the weather forecast and knowing the sunny days were about over. Or maybe she’d just been there so long that the sunlight caught up to her. But in any case, my photographer’s eye was caught by the way the sunlight anointed her head, making it the brightest thing in the room.

San Diego, California
photographed 3.8.2020

Room and Ticket

My conference was just two blocks away from the train station. You can tell what I did…

San Diego, California
photographed 3.10.2020

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