NOT SHOOTING and A (TRUE) STORY

When I started this blog I was craaaazy busy shooting for a living and living to shoot.
There was no shortage of fresh images and projects (commercial and personal) to draw from.
A big, hot creative period. These things happen. These things end.

I wondered what I’d post those weeks when nothing much seemed to be happening (except a
bunch of meetings, post production, writing quotes, invoicing, phone calls, not-real-interesting
shoots and way too many e-mails).

This is one of those weeks. I feel like I’m chained to my desk.

I figure that a certain vibe and approach will show itself as tonyfoto/drool progresses. I am a proponent of
process, after all. I believe that fluidity, reaction, instinct and will are the ingredients of that (process). So
I’m going try to keep it loose, react, trust my instincts and post a new entry every Tuesday morning and see
where that leads.

I’m a pretty impatient guy but I realise that this drool thing will unroll over weeks and months. I don’t need
to say it all right now, do I? If I did then you wouldn’t need to come back once a week. Would you?

I’ve got a whole bunch of shooting coming up next week. Let’s see if anything happens there that I can bring here.
You never know.

Too many words.

Here’s too many pictures. And a story that goes along with a couple of them:

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(TRUE) STORY:

We were having lunch in Rosedale, Mississippi (pop: 2,414). The Double L Soul Food Kitchen, a plywood shack on
Main Street. After lunch (which was excellent) I asked Lordish Lewis, the cook and owner, if I could take some shots
of her. She said: “Sure”. While I was shooting her an old fellow came up. Lordish introduced him as her dad.

Right after we were introduced he told me, as he straightened his back: “I’m 72 years old. I got 12 children. I been a man”.

I said to him: “Your wife must be quite a woman to bring all those kids into the world”.

He replied: “It took 4 wives”.

Afterwards Lordish told me she’s got brothers and sisters she’s never met.

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Author: Tony Fouhse

Tony is an Ottawa-based photographer.

One thought on “NOT SHOOTING and A (TRUE) STORY”

  1. Tony,
    Lordi, lordi you do get yourself into some strange places and pickles. Lordish Lewis and the Double L Soup Kitchen are just too real to be made up. What is it that makes Americans so accessible and accommodating? Why are people everywhere today dropping their drawers (figuratively speaking) to reveal themselves to the camera? Whatever, it makes for some great grits and photo vittles.
    Bring em on. Nick

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