LM Art Truck

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[October 2013]
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The first two years I shot film I focused on faces. Just go for a walk and ask folks if I can take their picture. Doing it was its own reward, but there was a reason behind it too. My dad had had a stroke not long before I picked up a camera for the very first time. One of the effects for him was on his vision: his eyes worked, but he couldn’t see – there were bars of light and dark and he couldn’t tell right from left. He knew he’d had a stroke and that his brain was scrambled. He knew he couldn’t trust his eyes. And he was worried he wouldn’t recognize people – that he couldn’t organize their faces in his head and remember whose features belonged to who. Dad spent his whole working life traveling – he’d seen the world and loved going someplace new and just shooting the shit with folks on a job site or wherever. Doing that kept things the right size, you know? And I started thinking about faces and individuality and just wanting to make a record for him, maybe, of how the world still looked out here. And – for me – having spent the previous bunch of years mostly at a desk, I’d been missing just wandering around talking to people. So – ask folks if I can take their picture, chat a bit, hear a good story – maybe pass that story along to Dad. This is what the world looks like out here today, Dad. this is Portland.
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And the Art Truck? If you shoot it on the street, why not show it on the street? There were ~350 of those faces by the time I finished that project. So I printed em out (thanks, Kinkos!) and hung em up and let folks take the ones they wanted.  And there – upper row, third from the right on the back wall – that’s my Dad. Hey, Dad. You’re not in P’land, I know, but then neither’s the Buddha, and he’s in there somewhere too. And the young girl holding her picture there? She made my night. I hope she’s running the world some day. I think she’s already got it dialed.
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