Location: Phoenix, AZ
Over the years, I've come to realize that a lot of people don't understand that my photos are only rarely about the subjects I photograph. This photo is an especially good example of this, as the scene I photographed has, by itself, very little appeal to most people. I was reminded of this recently by a passage I read in Todd Hido's newest book (on Landscapes, Interiors, and the Nude), wherein he discusses his night photos: "...I see them as if they were a set where dramas are unfolding all the time. I'm setting the stage for an imagined story." I couldn't have said it better myself, as that is exactly what I try to do with my photos! Why is the utility box open? Who was inside it -- and how, what with it being 15 feet off the ground -- and why was it left as it was? Why is the pylon sitting alongside the building? And what's behind the chain-link fence across the alley? I leave it to the viewer to answer all of these questions (and more!) and then connect the answers together to form their own narrative, just as Hido does with his photos.