Coffee-stained Streets

Imagination is the poetry pouring from reality’s seams.

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darksilenceinsuburbia:

Christian Patterson

Redheaded Peckerhood

2005-2011

Redheaded Peckerwood is a work with a tragic underlying narrative – the story of 19-year-old Charles Starkweather and 14-year-old Caril Ann Fugate who murdered ten people, including Fugate’s family, during a three-day killing spree across Nebraska to the point of their capture in Douglas, Wyoming. The images record places and things central to the story, depict ideas inspired by it, and capture other moments and discoveries along the way.

From a technical perspective, the photographs incorporate and reference the techniques of photojournalism, forensic photography, image appropriation, reenactment and documentary landscape photography. On a conceptual level, they deal with a charged landscape and play with a photographic representation and truth as the work deconstructs a pre-existing narrative.

Redheaded Peckerwood also utilizes and plays with a pre-existing archive of material, deliberately mixing fact and fiction, past and present, myth and reality as it presents, expands and re-presents the various facts and theories surrounding this story.

While photographs are the heart of this work, they are the complemented and informed by documents and objects that belonged to the killers and their victims – including a map, poem, confession letter, stuffed animal, hood ornament and various other items, in several cases, these materials are discoveries first made by the artist and presented here for the first time.

In book form, the work is presented as a sort of visual crime dossier, including pieces of paper which are inserted into the book. The many individual pieces included serve as cues and clues within the visual puzzle. In this way, there are connections that are left for the viewer to be made and mysteries that are left to be solved.

Redheaded Peckerwood is Christian Patterson’s second monograph and was awarded the 2012 Arles Rencontres Author Book Award.

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stepchildofthesun:

Melinda *badass* May 

melinda may is the greatest, that is the stance of a woman who is ready for anything, fighting hydra, drop-kicking villains, jumping into the car first before skye gets a chance to take the wheel, elbowing clint out of the way so she can get to sam’s mom’s cookies before anyone else, arm-wrestling coulson for the tv remote because she is not watching ‘say yes to the dress’ again, running away before the science ducklings ask her to do anything sciencey with them, (her eyebrows didn’t grow back for a month after their last experiment), melinda may is ready for anything the world is going to throw at her, [dammit-mcu]

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