A Man on The Edge : A Tribute to Glenn Capers & Tara Gorman
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Iam sure after Tara Gorman introduced to the world that little people meant for railroad models can be used for more than large plywood sheets covered with green astroturf, the stocks of many model railroad companies sky rocketed. Sure I have some, yet when I got home from the model store, I didnt want to experiment, I didnt want to shoot the little people carefully nestled on a nice piece of pepperloaf or maybe burrowing out of a bagel. I didnt want to do any of that. I wanted to think Ms. Gorman did such an amazing job. I wasnt going to shoot it and claim I never saw her images so we could both take credit. I dont know where she got her inspiration, but it doesnt matter.
I gave this up, I put it to bed and never wanted to think about it again. I continued shooting things I wasnt sure about. I took shots and things that had really bad composition, but amazing color, hoping that the "give and take" philosophy would take a hold of the JPG viewer and elict a random "favorite" in his or her mind. I shoot for myself, most importantly, I shoot for you. I want you to see this as well.
It wasnt until later this fall. I was having a rough time. I had turned in my walking papers at the job I had during college and got me a good taste of "the real world". It has to be in " " because its so real. I got home one day after one of these "real world" days and saw a message from John May, the brutually honest member of JPG, it was a response to something that isnt important now and we settled it like adults, and didnt get to the point of insulting each other like 15 year olds online with an all access pass to unrestricted web sites. I did also notice a message by another guy. Someone finally saw my point. In between the pixels he noticed what I was waiting for someone here to notice, relief. Someone must have had a vision when they took that yellow-y polaroid of your dad wearing a badass shirt with a awesome hair do. Or when they snapped that picture of you standing in front of a pistachio colored wall. There is really no meaning now, but its a visual time capsule, that I want to keep adding to.
Under all the fighting, crying and laughing, humanity is all thats left. Iam normally not so dramatic and this isnt intended to be, more of a catharsis. A reason to enjoy, breathe and capture.
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