I found this work by Merry Alpern who I'm afraid to say I'd never heard of before. They come from a book called "Dirty Windows" which I think I might have to buy. I'm not really sure why I like them so much though. I've been getting more and more interested in Larry Clark's work recently (Tulsa will be bought soon) and these seem to follow a similarly sordid lifestyle.
The photographs are shot across an air shaft, through a bathroom window on Wall Street. The show dealings between prostitutes and high-powered businessmen. Yet despite the fairly graphic content of the photographs and what they represent, I feel as if the power of each image lays more within the voyeuristic way it has been captured.
Alpern herself said:
"Reoccurring characters gave these pantomimes a soap opera quality and I’d try to decipher plot lines and guess the next scene. These minidramas and their unvarying props— condoms, tatoos, silicone, crack— filled my head and I began to think about the windows all the time. They found their way into my dreams."
I've also finally been able to fond some photographs of Ed Templeton's latest exhibition, The Cemetery Of Reason.
More photos can be found here. I'm pleased to see that one of my favourite photographs has been included, this one of Brian Anderson below, which also makes me a bit annoyed that I can't go.
Talking of Brian Anderson, I was finally able to watch episode 3 of Epicly Later'd which has been featuring him for the past few weeks. It seems like there has been a Brian Anderson explosion recently, I don't really know why, but I think it's safe to say he's one of the most interesting people in the skateboarding world at the moment. I also watched a short video on the Thrasher website where he talks about his tattoos, which was more interesting than it sounds.
Staying with skating, I don't think I can really describe how excited I am about the new Blueprint video, I saw this offcuts video and it just reminded me about how many of their team can make amazing things look effortless.
On a different note, I'm going to start taking photographs for my easter project within the next few days so I should have something to post soon.