Thursday, July 17, 2008

"THE HERMOSA PROJECT"



I live in Hermosa Beach, CA. I've been here for a while now. It is a small beach town with a lot of character. Character that is quickly changing with the knocking down of historical buildings and local family run establishments and the building of beach front condos and mega hotels. One thing that continuously fascinates me about Hermosa are the many, many different types of people that 1. call it home OR 2. are here visiting. It is a tourist attraction, but attracts a little different type of family vacationer then say Santa Monica or Malibu. I've started "THE HERMOSA PROJECT" to document the different characters I find interesting walking around the pier in Hermosa at sunset. I'm shooting this in all Polaroid and asking people to write something on their image. I try not to influence the images, rather... I ask if I can photograph then then I shoot the shot. I do not give direction and I do not tell them what to write on the photo. I'm currently up to about 223 images. Once the project is completed or Polaroid stops making film which eve happens first....I will publish a separate site and poss. a
book, we will see! I started the project with my beloved 1972 Polaroid SX-70. One month in the camera died and I was devastated. I thought it was the end of my series. Then I found another on on EBAY. THANK GOD!

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