Detroit Tigers Yearbook, 1964 edition. Via olddetroit
Shizuka Yokomizo - From the series ‘Stranger’, 1998.
My motivation for Stranger came from running around London in a car with a ridiculously huge telephoto lens, trying to glimpse unsuspecting people through the windows of their flats. I felt absurd and increasingly frustrated by the one-sidedness of the activity. Aside from the ethics of what I was doing, it was important for me that the subject, a stranger, made eye contact with me while I was photographing. I realised that I needed these people to look back and recognise me equally as a stranger. So I decided to use the format of a simple anonymous letter, which contained the possibility of agreement and time to contemplate taking part (as compared with the speed of a more opportunistic photography), but also maintained the distance (perhaps suspicion) that is part of being strangers.
Madonna looks like Mae Murray in Steven Meisel session, in 1991. Great!
Sage Perrott (HAYPEEP) MFA thesis show, 2013. Photos by Louise O’Rourke. www.haypeep.com … for more photos.
Vasant and I, being the adoring, nerdy fans of great comedy that we are, were heartbroken over Bill Hader’s exit from SNL on Saturday. We tuned in, anticipating a great Stefon sketch and we were not disappointed.
We were, however, shocked by the sweetness of the final sketch. Fred Armisen got up with the departing Hader, and rumored-to-be-departing Jason Sudeikis, and Taran Killam. He appeared as Ian Rubbish, a punk character he’s portrayed on SNL and plans to take on to road. He and a bunch of indie rock legends serenaded the audience and it became apparent that this was Armisen’s announcement that he too was leaving.
I don’t know why it caught me so off guard, but it did. Not only did it bring tears to my eyes, but it’s been stuck in my head every since. I have my guesses as to why, of course: my Grandpa’s sudden death the same day, the fact that I’m leaving Hugo House’s staff at the end of this week, and thinking about the way that we leave things with people when we realize it’s our time to say something versus the times when it comes as a surprise.
Whatever combination of these things are bouncing between my heart and my head, this has been the perfect song for me as I think about goodbyes, good days and start a new season of my life.
I hope you enjoy it too.