I took this photo years ago when I was young and green, before I bought a “real” camera, before I had any idea of where all this chasing of light and form could take me.
I was driving across the country, living in a van with a street magician and trying to find my own little piece of the wild blue yonder.
This is the home of strangers father. The stranger was a tough looking guy I met in a bar in Oakland. I remember talking about heroin, I remember talking about Bradley Nowell, I remember talking about how difficult it was to find a shower on the road when you lived in a vehicle.
That was the reason I found myself here. In search of cleanliness in a house full of beautiful clutter.
This photo was all instinct. I didn’t take note of it until years later. With a more seasoned eye, with a heavier heart it caught my attention while I was flipping through my archive.
This is how memories look to me. All golden light and old dusty things and warmth. They’re beautiful half truths that I can take apart and live inside of for a few seconds when the “real” world becomes too much.