I met artist Ralph Frank Jr. in Columbus, GA yesterday. I was driving by and saw art dripping off the trees and house. I knocked but no answer. I took a few pictures and looked up to find Ralph on the front porch. He invited us in to see his place and it was filled with art. Interesting art, that was mostly his creation.
He was kind enough to show me his workshop and allow me to take a few pictures.
I met Gary King this morning. I saw his field of wilting sunflowers so I pulled over. He was sitting on his front porch and we talked for a while.
The first thing that he told me was how some girls came by and took their blouses off and took pictures in his sunflowers last week and he missed it cause he wasn’t home. I told him I was sorry and that I hope they come back. He chuckled and said “me too”.
He told me about how he was adopted when he was a baby. He was born in Atlanta to an unknown mother. He was raised in Newnan by his adopted family. The mother who raised him had lost a child due to an infection by a rabid fox and Gary was the cure for her depression.
His whole life had been spent within 100 yards from where we sat.
“I used to know everybody that drove down this road. Now when people honk, I just throw up a hand. I don’t know who’s honking.”
When I asked him his name he told me, “My name is King. I’m from the white side of the family.” He smiled and said, “I once told a black girl that and she laughed so hard she couldn’t see straight.”
Only one of the shops was open on the seedy side of Columbus, GA last Sunday morning. Honestly, I couldn’t believe any were open, during church hours, in the heart of the bible belt. But, there it was, like a dirty little oasis, flaunting it’s torrid TOYS sign, for all of the glory seekers to see.
I went in and an older black lady was watching the register. I introduced myself, like a southern gentlemen should, and asked her what she thought I should take pictures of in Columbus. She looked at me, as if to say, “Do you see a sign on the door that says "Visitor Center”, Mother Fucker?“
I then asked if I could take pictures of her. She laughed hard and said that she had a big African husband who wouldn’t like that. I did my best to assure her that he’d like the pictures just fine, maybe even love them! Sadly, she was unaffected by my passionate plea.
When I told her that my girlfriend was in the car, she was kind enough to offer us a private room for the bargain price of $12. I told her we’d consider the offer and we parted ways.
Because I have a long-standing love for Death Cab, and one of my favourite songs of theirs is A Lack of Color, which I felt was appropriate for what started out as a predominantly black and white photography blog.
2) What is your middle name?
3) If you could own a fairy tale/fictional pet, what would it be?
I CAN ONLY HAVE ONE? Cruelty.
Probably a dragon. Actually yeah, definitely a dragon.
4) Favourite colour?
The darkest of dark greens.
5) Favourite song(s)?
This list could easily end up being about five miles long, so I’m going to limit myself to the first 5 that come to mind, for the benefit of all.
A Lack of Color // Death Cab for Cutie
I Can Feel A Hot One // Manchester Orchestra
Night // Adna
Queen Bee // Devendra Banhart
Someone You’d Admire // Fleet Foxes
6) What are your top three fandoms?
I wouldn’t say that I participate in any “fandoms”, but I am a massive fan of a lot of things..top three of which would probably have to be The Lord of the Rings series, Harry Potter, and anything and everything written at the hands of Maggie Stiefvater.
7) Why did you join tumblr?
A friend of mine insisted that I join for a little over a year until I finally swallowed my pride (and my technological inefficiency) and caved. But I stayed because its a wonderful outlet for creative work, as well as it can be an outlet for stress or just a space to create that endlessly reflects your interests and desires as they change and evolve. And for the most part I’ve found the people here to be wonderfully kind and constructive and uplifting.
8) Tag 6 of your favorite mutual blogs (they do all 8 questions too) (if they want to)