Ever since the world died, I’ve been sitting by my window with my camera and a long lens, looking. Often for hours at a time. The building across the street is teeming with life. As it should be in a major metropolitan area. And all those people have nothing to do either. So I sit and look and shoot. Month after month. This is 2020. I’ve made about 150 images I like in this manner. I want to share 26 of them with you. It’s a mix of bodies, emotions, decor, tone, feeling.
I hope the people in these photos understand and see the beauty in these. I’ve tried to respect them as much as possible, considering I’m kind of invading their personal space. The only way to get truly candid moments is through secrecy. Me in my apartment behind a black curtain is Walker Evans on the train with the cable release going down his sleeve. It’s Vivian Maier getting genuine candor by being invisible because she was a woman. It’s Merry Alpern perving out on the illegal sex club from her friend’s loft.
This is street photography when no one is in the streets. They are stuck at home, I am stuck at home. So I look. I want to document time in this way. Stasis. We’re all waiting for our lives to come back. Maybe the best thing is to just sit and smoke, sleep, stare at our phones, dance, wait, cry, look. These images are about looking, and being looked at.
Please enjoy looking.
p.s. Hey. Today the noted and wonderful contemporary artist Brendan Lott gifts the blog with an array of the beautiful and eerie photographic works he’s been making while being homebound by the pandemic. Lucky us, as you can see or have seen by now. He has also been known to grace the commenting arena under the moniker brendan, so feel more than even usually free to give him some kind of shout out today in your verbiage. That would be most cool of you. Thanks from the blog’s heart’s bottom, Brendan. ** David Ehrenstein, And vice versa. And birthday greetings in absentia to the two, yes, gods. ** Misanthrope, Hi. Good to know re: ‘The Mandalorian’. Still, between not watching TV and being a bit put off by the online mania about that baby Yoda thing, I think I’ll take a rain check. So, do you sing ‘Louie Louie’ while you’re playing it? You have to, right? Even under your breath? Back in the old days, you had to pay for guitar lessons, so I guess the old don’t whatever a gift horse in the mouth thing applies? ** _Black_Acrylic, She’s swell. I thought Cardin was dead already. I think I even said that in the recent Sade castle post, oops. From what I read yesterday, the castle goes to Cardin’s kids who the local townsfolk hate even more than they did the big guy. ** Dominik, Hi, D! I wondered if you knew her videos and whether you’d like them. I’m glad you do. They’re very special, no? I love DeAundra’s voice too. I met her/him years ago in her/his day-to-day persona at a Queer Zine convention, and that voice is not a put on. He is she, or was. I welcome your love from yesterday with widely open arms, as I’m sure don’t need to tell you. Thank you. Love that feels like whatever these two 13 year old boys in a K-Hole are feeling, Dennis. ** Paul Curran, Hi, Paul! So good, right, those videos? Yeah, the bag may vary from country to country but we’re in the same one. Endlessly. But yours has (or will soon have) Nintendoland in it, so it wins … something. I’m so happy to hear you’re chipping, and away at numerous things no less! Excited for the expat anthology. I have to do something for the Infinity Land one too, but I’m still clueless about what that will be. What are you doing for it, do you know? No sweat about the post, of course. Whenever/if-ever would be awesome. Yes, fucking hell, 2021 better be fucking insanely astounding. Which is probably the longest shot wish ever, but still. Love, me. ** Steve Erickson, Hi. Yes, her artworks are quite admired in the art world. And that animated video she made is excellent if you ever get a chance to see it somewhere. I would say the JFK thing is a better case for Father of the Conspiracy Theory, although I would be shocked if there weren’t examples going way further back. I think Hitler being actually dead or secretly alive somewhere was a pretty big one. ** Jeff J, Hey, Jeff. Yeah, painting mostly. She shows with very good galleries all over the place. I agree about Le Tigre falling off once she bowed out. I’m a big fan of Susan Hiller. I think I might have done a galerie post about her at some point. I know her work has been in a bunch of the thematic posts. I knew her a little. She interviewed me onstage at the ICA in London once on a book tour. She was tough. Her work is great and, yes, as of right now at least, very undersung. Ah, Michael! I miss him too. He and I talked about Skyping or Zooming at some point, but we never have. I’ll try to reach him. Sure, a Skype sounds good. Just hit me up when you want, and we’ll sort it. ** Right. You are fully informed already about your local entertainment for today, so enjoy the show, and I’ll see you tomorrow.