As our workshop in ended in Louisiana, we spent a few hours in New Orleans. At first there were none of those things you would expect on the street. After lunch the performers were out. I made several of this guy swallowing a sword but I always seem to go back to the images that seem more human. Regardless of his tattooed face, he is still a human being who is a showman. My friend Brian (http://www.brian-culbertson.com)let me have some images that he could have taken, the dolphin was one and this was the other. He might have made more of the sword swallowing. I have never considered myself a street photographer but I feel like I learn a lot about making portraits when I make them so I will continue.
I have spent the summer mostly reflecting on the work I want to make, reading and looking at things that will hopefully help me get there. I also wanted to make sure I know what I am doing when I start teaching in a few weeks so I have made some pinhole. I also tried cliche verre and decided to combine them with collodion negatives. which is what these images are. The one with color is mordancage. I like that they are never finished and I can go back and rework into them until I am happy with them.
After a trip to Asheville a week or so ago, I went to eastern KY for a few days and from there I was on my way to Boone, North carolina. I was driving through Tennesee and noticed this interesting place. I had drove past it and thought I would regret it, if I didn't turn around. I was photographing when this gentleman came up to me and offered to tell me about the place. He didn't offer much information other than it belong to a friend and he wasn't sure of its fate long term. Who knew the statue of Liberty was in Elizabethton Tennesee?