The lights above the fairgrounds were visible for miles around, a beacon in the dark night sky. It was a county fair. I parked my rented Mustang and walked down a dirt path past the rides and vendors towards the source of all the noise. A truck and tractor pull. The noise was deafening and […]
There are lonlier places in the world than Penn Station at 2 a.m. on a Sunday night. But probably not that many.
This piece was shot during the course of an 11-day, 30 state tour of the country in the summer of 2002. I didn’t get around to cutting it until a couple of years later. Duing the trip we zagged from New York City, up and down the country wherever fancy carried us, until we landed […]
Will someone please tell me why I keep photographing walls? Or, better yet, why I can’t stop photographing them? When I see a wall like this — something flat and, I think, beautiful — a guilty smile bubbles up inside. It’s almost like I’m sneaking downstairs for another midnight snack, or climbing up on a […]
The mornings in Baltimore belong to bread trucks, carpenters, and junkies.
He wore black shorts to match a black t-shirt and loose black du-rag tied around his head. He wasn’t so much leading his blind friend down the street as he was allowing the slower walking pace to give his jokes more breathing room; maybe he needed to think something over. The streets are about game, […]
Chillicothe, Ohio might be the prettiest small town in America. There is a Main Street, and a set of railroad tracks that divides the town along class lines. Pairs of teenagers troop down the streets intermittently, looking for something to do. When I arrived, Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing was tolling from the bells of […]
A few weeks ago I found myself passing through Winchester, VA, a town for whom, I suppose, the Winchester gun company is named. The town has yet to be graced by the presence of a Starbucks, and it took me a few attempts to find someone who could direct me to a wireless internet connection. […]
LIBERTY, KENTUCKY. — Jerry, the grill cook at Sandy’s Pool Hall, knows a thing or two about serving up comfort too. The lunch counter and pool hall are located in a town whose main attraction is its prison – the Casey County Detention Center. There is only a tenth-grade kind of irony in […]
Even the drive-thru at McDonalds is a show place for teenagers with fly rides. “Ay man! How come you didn’t take a picture of mine?” It was quite a different reaction from the day before. The owner of the second car, pictured on the left of the top shot, was dismayed that I hadn’t shot […]