Creepy Murals and Dudes with Guns

I’m full of pizza. This feeling pretty much puts a cap on a day to match.

I got to the studio far too late to do any damage to the pile of work I had waiting for me, but at least I gave it a shot. I did manage to scan a couple frames from some recent rolls of film. Here’s one:

DIA Traveler

A traveler rests beneath a mural at Denver International Airport. No matter how you slice it, that’s a creepy pic. And what the hell is it doing in an airport?!

[Photo by Darren Abate using a Leica M6 TTL and a Voigtländer Nokton 50/1.5 ASPH lens]

One thing I did today was check out a building for sale a few blocks from my studio. Originally, I believe it was an old grocery store, built some time in the 1920s. The only other time I had been inside, it was known as Wong’s Art Bar, and I was there about eight years ago to shoot an ad for a local poetry magazine. I’ll have to dig up those shots sometime soon. Poets with riding crops… What a night. Anyway…

The guy who let us in was named Hooty, a friend of a friend. He was a skinny white guy with a load of tattoos and a .45 automatic strapped to his hip. He has been doing some renovations to the building, and apparently he’s been having some problems with the local crackheads. He explained the .45 helps because he can’t move as well as he used to, thanks to a heinous leg injury he received during his last tour as a sniper in Iraq. Apparently he’s one of those freaky-ass sniper dudes who can hit a penny falling off the Empire State Building, through hurricane winds and heavy fog, with one eye closed, after taking a dose of NyQuil. That’s pretty good.

The owner is asking 1.4 million for the building, so of course I can’t afford it, but it was neat to look anyway. Actually, we went over there to check out some photo and video junk the owner is wanting to get rid of. There were some cool things, like some fresnel spots and a big chromakey corner rig, but what caught my eye was the Arriflex 16mm motion picture camera just laying on the dusty floor, with an Angieneux zoom lens and two 500-ft. film magazines. I wonder if he’ll take fifty bucks for it. har har har.

I also discovered today, after picking up some test film from the lab, that the old Canon FL 50/1.4 II prime I bought last week, for fifty bucks, has turned out to be one of the sharpest lenses I own. Wow. Great glass from the sixties.

I guess that’s about that… Here’s Toby:

Toby at Mr. and Mrs. G's Home Cooking

Local photographer Toby Jorrin really enjoys his cobbler at Mr. and Mrs. G’s Home Cooking, San Antonio.
[Photo by Darren Abate using a Rolleiflex TLR with Ilford XP2 Super film]

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~ by peakaction on August 15, 2006.

2 Responses to “Creepy Murals and Dudes with Guns”

  1. yo brother …

    what’d you scan that rollei neg with?

    hope you’re well!

  2. That portrait is just so damn good! Great expression!

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