The photographs in this book were taken all over the world, and later archived, stored, and then finally unpacked and furiously edited over a period of several years in a breathless, hopeful search for great images. Compiled in this book for the first time, and appearing as if from a series of dreams, they reveal the narrative of a life unfolding. A pool party in Memphis…women wrestling in a chair, one in a leather skirt…time moving slowly in Dar es Salaam…a vase of flowers on a desk distressed almost to the point of abstraction….a watery jungle in London’s Hyde Park.
Work prints were created for editing purposes, which were stacked and grouped together, pored over, shuffled, piled, boxed, put away and pulled out again and again. Some prints were inadvertently damaged during this process — they were stained, torn, sometimes even scorched. This final, furious editing phase gave the prints a unique “patina”, and added artifacts to the images themselves, and was an intense, and serendipitous, last stage of creation for the work, just as important to finishing the images as their original subject matter, composition, color, and light.