My name is Reilly Hodgson, I’m 23. Right now I live in my hometown of Aurora, Canada. It’s a small, boring suburban town a short distance north of Toronto. I am trying to finish my photography degree and also just opened a small arts publishing house called No Fun Press, so lately I’ve only really been seeing a small handful of people because of work. I see the girl at the post office more than I see most of my friends. I do a lot of work together with my good pal Dimitri Karakostas. He’s one of the most talented guys I know!
I started consciously carrying a camera at most times starting when I was about 11 or 12. At that point in time it was mainly just to document local graffiti and my friends skateboarding. The primary school I went to has really great asphalt banks and a few sets of stairs, but none of us were actually very good. The forests behind the school always had a rotation of different forts and treehouses being built then trashed, there were tons of bottles to be smashed and every once in a while one of the girls who’s backyard was on the edge of the woods would sun tan topless, so there was always a good distraction from actually getting any tricks.
I’m not so sure right now. Some of my photos I take for “proof” and others I take because my memory is bad.
This is a photo of my friend April. I’ve been photographing her regularly for over three years now. Just one or two days prior to this, she had finally told me that she didn’t like having her picture taken. So we’re inside this cavern in a small rural town a few hours North and I’m already feeling guilty about taking photos. The bottom of this caves stays both wet and frozen year round and I “asked” her to climb up the rock face in her job interview clothes and grip-less converse shoes. Climbing was apparently easier said than done and to make things worse, what she used to pull herself up ended up being a dead mouse. She freaked out, screaming and almost fell off the ledge. Later on, we smoked a joint and she ate a whole bunch of candy without washing her hands first. I still feel kind of bad…