Waiting; Ninth Street

Well…here it is.

This is the last image I took as a resident of Planet Brandon.

For over a decade, I’ve been carrying a camera around the downtown to record what I saw and the passing show of daily life – at first as a way to jot in a visual notepad and then as a dedicated pursuit. Often times I’d have called it an obsession, although one that brought me a lot of happiness and purpose.

Working within a very defined sense of place, my efforts had a built-in purpose. I felt I was free to concentrate on the images and the moments, without worrying about how to define them or the overall story – the story was the community. The story was the neighbourhood.

In a NYT feature, the photographer Fred Herzog (who was/is a HUGE influence on my work here) wrote a quote in his notebook, by the poet W.H. Auden: “examine this region/Of short distances and definite places.”
What a perfect summation of my ten years of street photography. Planet Brandon is a definite place. And any neighbourhood is a short distance away – you just have to take the time to look.

I will be adding more images here in future, and I am regularly adding photographs to my Instagram feed┬ádevoted to this body of work. And book publishers? I’d love to talk.

Keep shooting.

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