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January 29, 2002

'you know
                          if they could they'd sell the air' -pavement

it all comes 'round again. on a long island beach 5 or 6 years ago, a random photographer looked at my work and suggested i manipulate it to make it more interesting. i largely ignored the suggestion until recently when preparing for vital 5's overdrawn show i started adding text, then drawings, to stacks and stacks of prints i had languishing in my closet. (this one is from Big Sur, April 1996.) i use markers, paint pens, and wite-out. the technique also works well with glossy advertisements.

i imagine a day when everything is named for its corporate sponsor. peugeot sound, the mcdonald's river, exxon ocean, nike mountain, lake coca cola. history is written by the winners, and most places are named for their conquerers.