Polarity

My first day on the project. I parked my car and found strangers in Salt Lake City. Everybody was weirded out for the most part, which is good because that's sort of what I was going for. 

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“Can you make me look younger on the computer?”

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In an accent that sounds like he’s from Africa. “May I have a copy of this picture after you take it?”

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I was just starting this project in Salt Lake City, and the first prospect of “not white” made me excited. So I stood in front of this girl for several minutes while she talked on the phone so I could ask her if I could take her picture. “…… sure.”

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We get into a long one sided conversation very quickly. “The church should probably start putting money into improving the homeless shelters instead of spending on Temples.. (turns to a gentle looking white haired man waiting for the Trax) FOR THE DEAD! (turns back to me) “I mean come on.” (turns back to the man) “THEY”RE DEAD!”

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This is the first person I photographed for this project. I saw him at a gas station an pulled over so I could get his picture. This is kindof weird of me, but I pulled out some change (which he wasn’t asking for) and handed it to him. “May I take your picture?” “Sure, you paid for it!” I took the picture and said thank you. But before I was able to leave he wanted to express his gratitude by letting me in on some secret information. “ The polarity of the earth is about to switch and everything is going to be flipped inside out. I’m telling you right now, you’re going to want to prepare for this. You are going to want to get yourself one of those big shovels and dig a hole. I’m serious, this is going to happen.” He seemed so sincere, and so afraid.