Dream, Bisbee, Arizona, Abstracts Portfolio
There is an old ruined wall in Bisbee, Arizona just down the street from St. Elmo Bar where the locals go to paint their feelings about the world. They leave images of Chairman Mao, Martin Luther King, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, anonymous faces, the Vietcong, helicopter gunships, butterflies, gnomes, elves, famous quotes and who loves who on that particular day. I had exposed a roll or two of film of the wall and moved on not thinking too much about it.
I printed the negative for the first time in the summer of 2011, as I was watching the image slowly appear on the paper in the tray of developer it suddenly came to me that maybe this is what a dream might look like painted on a wall.
Last year I went back to Bisbee to photograph this wall again only this time a little more closely. The wall had been painted over.