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FIRE DRILLER (NEGATIVE)

“Baby, you can drill my fire any day.”

The first words ever spoken to me by my neighbor’s daughter Suzy…

My neighbor was a former stuntwoman who did all the stunts for Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman in the 1970s. I owe many of my first crushes to her. It is only fitting that I would end up photographer her daughter, a 22 year-old with satin blonde hair and a disposition that could best be described as efficiently taciturn.

I asked Suzy to pose for me soon after I moved to Florida. I loved shooting the street scenes of Lake Worth and in my neighborhood because the quasi-urban environment made for a strangely mysterious feel at night with its rickety wood houses and unkept palm trees. The city lights gave off this compelling yellow-goldish light once 9 pm came and I would often take walks to discover secret passageways and how the neighborhood became a bit more eerily sexy once it was illuminated by artificial light.

I dressed Suzy up in her finest outfits before crowning her with the golden leaves of an imaginary deity. Her spray-painted crown shined brightly under the electric illuminations where the tropics begin.

I took her to an industrial part of town that housed my studio, to just the right spot where this beautiful white wall become yellow ocher at night. This wall housed a slanted gutter that performed a beautiful composition of contemporaneity in the blue collar days of this part of town. It also had this slanted fire hydrant that stuck out in the grass like some 19th century science fiction film prop.

Suzy touched it to make sure it was real.

FIRE DRILLER, 2008, SILVER GELATIN PRINT

 

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