- ....an environment which is abandoned by all the nations that have progressed. A torn platform where no mirrors exist, and even nature forbids beauty. I used the same burka/hijab that is the prescribed dress for the women in Afghanistan. I want to be their representative, and express that my heart goes out to them for support.
When I first heard the term white poverty" in South Africa, I thought it was an oxymoron. The only whites I had seen were affluent; they had nice cars, homes, and a lifestyle enhanced by labor made cheap by their country's huge black poverty. In contrast, shanty towns ringed every city I visited. I didn't see any white people living there.
Traveling to Cave In Rock, Illinois for The Gathering of the Juggalos these last few summers on my own may seem very different for me, but it is reminiscent of the shooting I did in college in that the landscape is still integral and I am trying to convey something more than just what is on the surface.
There was a time I wished that I could just accept the answers I got. Life would be so much easier if I didn't feel forced to get behind everything - you come to a point in life when you realize that you are the only one who can answer the questions which are important to you. It was a long search for me to find the instrument for it. Something that makes sense to me.
Mmm, not really. I guess I have too much of an eclectic taste to really have a favorite photographer. It goes from Martin Parr (for the aesthetic) to Weegee (for the freakish), Pierre & Gilles to Hiroshi Sugimoto, Mapplethorpe to Avedon… A lot of queer stuff, now that I think about it. For me, it’s all about using this medium to express a ...
It’s like you’re thumbing your nose at death. Sometimes my work takes on a festive “Day of the Dead” quality, like I’m saying, “I’m not scared of you.” I’m laughing in the face of it, givin’ them a big send off. All this stuff is about to die. It’s like taking pictures of people in their deathbeds. That sounds fucked up, doesn’t it? “Oh, there’s somebody dying; lemme take their picture.”
Iceland is prone to modern myths of its own. Icelanders can go to the library and read Leif Ericsson's journals. They are vikings. We actually shot at his house, which is now a museum. It's the grass huts in some of the images. It felt like time travel.
Although the Sami aren’t confronted with many of the socio-economic concerns that commonly challenge indigenous peoples throughout the world, such as grave health problems and severe poverty or hunger, I was surprised to learn that Sweden has been heavily criticized by the United Nations and other groups for its ....