BACK ON THE CORNER

Posted on December 14, 2014 by Tony Fouhse | 0 Comments

An excerpt from the ATTACK bit of ATTACK AND CONFUSION / ASLEEP AND WAKING UP . . .

BACK ON THE CORNER  july 11, 2010

I had always intended to shoot one more year of USER,.

All the previous years I had gone down to the corner with a pretty good idea of what I wanted the pictures to look like. But this year I had no idea. Well, that’s not entirely accurate . . . I knew I wanted the images to be less dramatic than those I’d shot before, more “straight-up”, and, maybe, I wanted some of the new work to show bits of the narrative of life on the corner. But I wasn’t sure how I was going to do that, what I actually wanted the pictures to look like. So I kept putting off returning to the corner.

Then, this past Sunday I just said “FUCKIT”, loaded my cameras and went down.

The very first person I met there was a stranger to me and in no mood for anything other than hitting her pipe. So I wandered down the street and, before you know it, old acquaintances started to drop by, chat a bit and pose for photos.

My shooting was all over the place. I figured I’d just make stuff up as I went along, follow my instincts and not worry too much about what I was doing or how I was doing it.

Regular readers know how I feel about allowing myself to make mistakes, and I figured I may as well just shoot and see how the film turns out. Hope that in there, somewhere, I’ll stumble upon some way, some image, that shows me where I need to go.

It’s all process, baby.

Then I bumped into Star and her friend Rikki. They wanted me to take a shot of them together and, even though I had only been shooting one-shots, thought: “Why not?” They sat down and Rikki started to put on some makeup. Star helped her and, there you go, stuff just happens. 

It’s all process, baby.

And don't forget . . . all purchases of $20 or more between now and Christmas will come with a free, original, signed 5x5 inch print of James and Alysha, Ottawa, 2007. From USER.

 

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