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© Clint Spaulding
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Photo Info
UploadedOctober 11, 2007
TakenOctober 11, 2007
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D200
Exposure1/80 sec at f/2.8
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length35 mm
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Q: what happened to the themes and the challenges?

A: Do you know?

Photo license: © All rights reserved

Last night around 2am I saw Mono on the Essex Street platform. Actually I first saw those massive gauges and knew I had to get a photo.



"Can I get a photo of your gauges? They're awesome."

He smiled, looked down.

"Yea, I know, right?"

His friend to the left started chuckling.

"Do a lot of people ask?" I said.

"Yea but most of the time not nicely. You know, mostly ghetto people."

I took about 6 photos. The gauges are 2 and half inches in size. Mono had to go through some rigorous stretching to get his ear lobes that stretched. He used bic pens, quarters and padlocks to stretch them out. It was a process that took 2 and half years.

"You ever think about going bigger?"

He laughed. "Uhhh no. I can't get work and I need a job."

11 responses

  • Henry Bowman

    Henry Bowman gave props (11 Oct 2007):

    Great Shot!

  • Nino di Bari

    Nino di Bari gave props (14 Oct 2007):

    great shot and nice note. Thank you for sharing.

  • Monica Garcia

    Monica Garcia gave props (30 Oct 2007):


  • Jessica Dean

    Jessica Dean said (27 Dec 2007):

    love it!!
    well done!

  • Chicago Love

    Chicago Love (Deleted) gave props (14 Jan 2008):

    great portrait

  • Don Jones

    Don Jones gave props (14 Jan 2008):

    good work

  • Sharon Samples

    Sharon Samples said (17 Feb 2008):

    I think it's the story that makes this photos. It's one thing to photograph someone that looks a bit different/interesting. And his appearance obviously stands out. I like that his expression is really shy in contrast.

  • James Layton

    James Layton gave props (14 Oct 2008):

    sweet. and i like the recon shirt!

  • Tonya Doughty

    Tonya Doughty said (30 Jan 2009):

    Yea, love this story. so cool.

  • Brittany Butts

    Brittany Butts gave props (29 Mar 2009):

    I would hire him. But I do mostly videography and I don't have an office or a store front that I would worry about, if I worried about those things.

  • jeff kennedy

    jeff kennedy said (28 Oct 2009):

    looks nice, just an fyi though, they're called plugs not gauges (=

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