9.08.2012

sarcastic odes to greener grasses

skylight
cactus

library
rooftop

sunbeam
boner

-reno poem 9-6-12

heres some images from not so long ago but on the other hand, quite a long time ago.  ha, as if time even matters...

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some parking lot behind a defunct car dealer along some godforsaken stretch of illinois highway had a row of beautiful semi trailers, and i was there, and here is the proof

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feathers, mac.  c-hams house summer 2011

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my aunt and uncle play music together.  i took some photos of them and shot some super 8.  someday that footage may be buried somewhere on the internet.

on my birthday, the sarahs took me to virginia city.  we saw some mustangs on the way.

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brett favre if yer in wisconsin, dale ernhardt {sp?} if yer in the south

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virginia city is a mining town built into a hill.  gets dark there 3 hours before the other side of the hill.

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mens room, flanked by babes, proudly presided over by eagle.

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cowboy with red bulls.  what'n'tarnation?!

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i always want to call it 'vag city'

and you would pronounce that 'vadge'

just to clarify

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below some tavern, a museum of ill repute...

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all about prostitution.  this life drawing was the hilight for me.

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graf scramble

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sarahs and k-g at home

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i wasnt always this great at putting 2 and 2 together

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after a long day of making polaroids, frisky finally gets in a well deserved nap.  one helluva cat, i tell ya.  look for the frisky retrospective at the whitney 2014.

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from my car i spotted this guys 13 shirt.  i whipped a cheddy and flagged him down.  turns out he was rocking one skin-side.  wow man.  so hyped to put this show together.  i imagine there will be a lot of banal images but these instances will be the standouts - ill have to print it huge.

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the south will rock again.  comes with free tabs for freebird.

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"...took the midnight train goin ANNNYYYYYWHERRRRRE!!!"

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'merican traffic, a real beaut aint she

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the glory of a smart point'n'shoot?  or is downtown reno really that bright?

once a week [more so in the winter] i go for a super late night walk through downtown.  if i cant sleep or if i look at photo books before bed, or if i am just restless and want to see people, its like 2 blocks away, and always has something interesting.  in and out of casinos, along the river, through alleyways and across vacant parking lots... 

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a city where it is ok to wander the sidewalk at 3am, or be weird, or out of your mind.  but nothing like new york. 

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your own...  personal...  glass jesus...

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a spinning cake, begging to be super8ed

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theres another shot on another roll of a parking block that has 'doctor' stenciled onto it.  these are the first two frames of a triptych [i sort of hate that word, its so art school - like 'portraiture' or 'juxtaposed' or 'subjective'] image sequence...  the third is yet to be made, but it will be as soon as i find the one that says 'stripper'

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the curb and the junk coordinate outside the mexican grocery store

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i could never live in a city without alleys.  trash, backyards, weird tarps, barking dogs...  the backside of the frontside...  not a street but not trespassing either...  a middle space, a sketch zone full of the odd textures of humanity.  they were the first spaces i pillaged and dissected with a skateboard, and the grounds from which i farmed much of the wood used to build the backyard ramp.  you know where to find me.

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kilgore/pee boy/boofus/etc

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the crew

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these are the first skateboarding photos i shot in reno.  some guy at idlewild, boosting 360 flips bank to bank - insane.

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laundry wizard

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hobe, a dog that can leap

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2 shots from the inside of the biggest fabric store you can imagine. 

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girlfriend on a medi-mat.  i had no bed for a few months and slept down on the floor.  finally just built a platform for the double bed, about to build a kickass headboard for it, made from the skatelite end piece to the noodle we made at estabrook.  dave grabbed it for me.  sick.

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how many more times can i watch the eggleston documentary before its boring? 

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the thought of posting a blog of JUST images from last year was bumming me out so i grabbed a handful of more recent images, all made in a polaroid land camera model 180 on fuji film...

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if you got one of these you are doin alright

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sarah may, poolside, joshua tree ca, june

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chris carnel fs schralping at lazy 5 park.  i really want to get shots of skating on this 3200 speed film, but whenever i take 1 i end up taking 9 more.  just imagine a fujifilm sponsor...

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kicking it with shoeless joe

"is this heaven?"

"no, its that one batting cage in reno, where its lit all night but never open."
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full blown pool obsession in the works

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i was high on a new vans purchase, and then i was high on this image, which was the first color shot i took in the camera...  so good.

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this dude - austin i think - was cruising around mira loma with his girlfriend on one of the craziest weather days.  i already wanted to take a portrait of him and his girl but then he busted out this 13 tat situation - jeeeeeepers.  it really kicks ass that he is smiling like that.  9 times out of 10 thats what you get when you count to 3 in spanish.

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best part about the fuji film is you can recover a usable negative from the 'garbage' portion of the print.  the worst part is i didnt understand this was possible until i had thrown away the hidden negs of most of my first shots.  you have to wash them with bleach, being careful not to get any on the front or the image will smear right off.  this is unreal.  youre looking at a partial scan of andy [aka big teddy] doing a fs blunt.  i will eat macaroni for the next year if it means i can blow through a couple boxes of this stuff a week.