You'll have to forgive my subdued presence on the blog this week; I'm neck-deep in editing a film for Real Change. It's a celebration of their Vendors of the Year (that's Willy Jones above, whom you know from Third & Columbia; alongside is the incomparable Tricia Sullivan).
But I wanted to take a moment to share with you a new set of Photographs, as well as this brief anecdote:
I'm driving the 4 through the Central District, buried somewhere out there in the Judkins neighborhood. Narrow, tree-lined streets, barely squeeze a bus through here, with old homes and yards on both sides; some have barred windows, and some don't. It's a neighborhood in the traditional, communal sense; people know each other. They sit on their porches. Kids leave their toys on the lawn.
I've formed a habit of waving at people. It seems silly, after all, to drive past every day and not make any sort of contact with these familiar faces. I've spoken before of the Grandmother at 24th & Dearborn; we had a routine going whereupon, if she was at her window, we'd wave at each other with great excitement. She got to know the times I'd drive past, and though we never once spoke, we waved and smiled together about every day for a couple of years.
Today she's not there, but further down is the house with all the pink tricycles and barbies scattered about. The two preschool-age African-American girls there have gotten used to my utterly random waves at them. At first they simply stared; then they stared in a friendly way; soon after they began smiling, and subsequently waving in return. Today, they're hidden behind a tree, until I drive past- and here they are, waiting for me, standing in exaggerated matching poses, blowing kisses! I see their Mother behind them on the porch, laughing. We all join in.
9/5/2013 04:59:36 am
Hooray for your photographs! I love that there's everything from the toilet and bath mat to way above the Smith Tower. Of course, the lucky couple in Suzallo pleases the librarians. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself.
9/6/2013 02:15:45 am
In a way there's a similarity with one's approach to treating people- in photography I think about democratizing the camera's gaze, and giving everything it views the best treatment I can. As in, "what's the best possible image I can make of the floor underneath the toilet?"
9/6/2013 02:00:34 pm
Where is the photo of the open "ruins" building from? And, my 3 year old has had a mostly waving relationship with our compost pickup driver from the time she was able to stand at the window. We have talked with him, more frequently now that she can talk :) and shared cookies at times. Now he has a fan base of 5 kids on the street. Such special interactions!
9/8/2013 04:19:36 am
Protein Bars that One Day on the Seventy-Something
9/8/2013 04:07:02 pm
I'm officially a regular. What a delightful read! Thank you!
9/9/2013 03:44:59 am
Thanks for dinner!!! So glad you checked out the site- I'm thrilled you enjoy it! Hope the wedding was fun!
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