Sunday, July 29, 2007
Yesterday I started working on a story I want to do on smokers. Being one myself and having just got back from overseas where in many places it's prohibited, I began observing 'them'. Creatures of habit alienated from their natural habitat and forced to find new means of survival! After a beer at the Boh, Chris and myself decided to set off beyond Villiers and the Vaal River. We decided to start in a town called Cornelia and then head across the N3 towards Tweeling and then back home via Frankfort. After meeting Neels and his wife in Cornelia and enjoying a warm cup of home made soup with them, we met up with The Moolmans in Tweeling, shark supporters and fans of tattoos and wrestling and then met up with Ernst en die manne in a pub in Frankfort on our way through. There were about 6 people in the pub and just about all of them were magicians! I also felt a bit like a magician after finishing about 3 beers and a tequila in about 20 minutes!
Whilst overseas I came across a photographer whose work I wasn't familiar with, Peter Granser and bought his book on 'Coney Island'. His style of portraiture reminded me somewhat of Alec Soth and his work was in dead earnest. His portraiture borders on neutrality as he appears to be a mere observer, quietly going about his business in as unobtrusive way as possible. This I related to and really wanted to start working on the story in a real-life manner.
That's about it for now, so take a drive and see for yourself!
Posted by Ross Garrett Photography at 7:43 AM