Raison d'etre - July 01, 2005

Last night Jess and I drove out to see an old, old friend of mine, his wife and their two kids. I haven't seen him in two years, but it didn't feel like that long.

I was telling him about the photography I've been doing, and about this blog (which right now pretty much nobody knows about). As I explained how I came to do this, one question kept asserting itself in my mind: why am I doing this? It's not that I don't have an answer to that question. I have many. Too many perhaps, and they all kind of jostle one another in my brain. Right now I'm reluctant to try and sort them out into something coherent.

I didn't give him the address. I don't want close friends knowing about this right now because one thing I know: this is a bit of an identity experiment for me.


This is an interesting shot. I wonder how that old shopping cart got there.

Posted by: Malinda lipe on July 5, 2005 11:10 AM

Bob, fron No Traces (http://www.notraces.com/), just loves stuff like this. You get extra points if you find the cart submerged in water. Wierd fetish, I know. It may be wierder of me for pointing it out.

Very cool shot however. Very sharp. What exactly is that wooden structure? A dock?

Posted by: Jordan on July 5, 2005 02:55 PM

Shot at an overpass on the Mystic River in Somerville, MA right down the street from a K-Mart. I'm betting it was drunk kids who threw it over there. And I actually did come across a few submerged ones but I can't recall whether I shot any of them. I've seen No Traces before. I kind of like it, but I haven't delved deep enough to have come across the shopping cart fetish. I don't really know what purpose that wooden thing is. A lot of the older, more industrial bridges have them. Dunno why.

Posted by: Tom on July 5, 2005 07:57 PM

Jordan's right -- this stuff never gets past me -- keep up the great work.... don't give up -- and let everyone know what you're doing -- it'll help push you ... trust me on this one...

Posted by: bob on July 13, 2005 01:08 AM