Yesterday, the mum and I went for a drive in the country. We had breakfast first at some old inn a half-hour up the street that took us a while to get to since some small town en route had organized a parade running to another small town also en route. A detour on the highway and we were at the place and the food was that much better because we were hungry.
Back in the car later and off to another little town via a great junk store where we picked up Grace Jones’ Nightclubbing on vinyl for $2 (which contains this) and a 60s Fisher Price house for $12 for the boys. Deal. Once at our destination it was a picnic next to a weir after stopping in at the house of a chocolatier who had set up shop on the ground floor. Leaving to get back in time for the evening get together, I parked across the street from this place and hung the camera out the window to take this while mum ran in to get two cups of tea, because she is English, so we have to drink loads of it when she is around.
Pretty Puke a.k.a. Miller Rodriguez is a guy whose photos I really like - super low brow and super great (How does he know so many superfreaks? How can I attend one of the man’s parties?). I’ve been wondering for some time who he is and this week, VICE has featured his photos as something distinctive - which they are.
He has a lot of photos that I look at and think “What the hell is going on here?” Not all of them looked staged.
He used to take a picture of a person, often a stranger to him, then post a number of facts about the person, showing that he had been really listening to whatever their story was.
Alec Soth has taken a group of photos of Niagara Falls that tells a somewhat tacky, run down story of love lost and love found through found letters, pictures of couples, motel exteriors and the odd shot of the falls. The combined effect is compelling.
Alec Soth also runs this blog, which has some black and whites you might like.
Stéphane is from France and is into oldtimers, signs, cars, diner cars, old gas stations and everything that represents the spirit of Americana. He usually visits five or six states over the course of his summer vacation, switches off his cell phone during his stay to just to feel the land and not be disturbed. He rents a car then drives, drives, drives.
Many of his pictures contain themes I am interested in.