jolie laide: Henry Street, LES 6/6/06

jolie laide

I started this when I lived in Brooklyn and struggled for grace in a city that grants moments of beauty and ugliness breathtakingly close to one another. Now I live in a place where things are a different kind of ugly and the beauty is pedestrian. I struggle with that.


Henry Street, LES 6/6/06

I am really happy about this shot, so I thought I would post it even though I have nothing to say. Then I realized I do have some, uh, well, interesting news and engendered by snaps like this one. I got asked to shoot an East Village dive bar's rather famously nasty and grafittied bathrooms--a sort of portraiture as it were--for display at said bar.

Apparently my work was thought of while the bathrooms were getting their demi-annual hosing down. Well, it's nice to know my aesthetic is so closely aligned with human waste. I'll try to live up to the challenge. Stay tuned for more!


Blogger remue-menage said...

I do say I aspire (and fail utterly) to your edgy angular aesthetic - with my casio

I'm inspired by these images - their textures move me viscerally

a public bathroom is interesting territory - it's a platform of a unique kind of physicalpoetic speech addressed and attuned to the body at its most basic and intimate

9:19 PM  
Blogger ttractor said...

thanks rm, that is meaningful to me.

I go see the bathrooms tomorrow night! I am rather geeked about it. And a little nervous. Up to this point I shoot what I see with a few parameters. This is a bunch more limitations, and I worry nothing will coalesce. Well, we'll see...

1:23 PM  

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