" 'People stood overwhelmed with awe, as if in the presence of the super natural. The strange weird light exceeded in power only by the sun, rendered the square as light as midday… Men fell on their knees, groans were uttered at the sight, and many were dumb with amazement.' "
- the Wabash Plain Dealer, 1880
© Christina Seely
Congrats to CM2008 participants Harri Pälviranta & Christina Seely as they've both recently been published and interviewed about their projects for Plazm. Plazm's editor Josh Berger was one of our many Much Beloved and Appreciated Critical Mass Reviewers. Great, great, stuff here.
"One learns to identify the situations that contain the seed for violence. One also learns suitable mechanisms for approaching people and photographing them—by trial and error, spending enough time out there. My practice was basic, almost dull, I just hung around the scene and, when I felt it was appropriate, I asked people who had been battered to take their photo, and made the pictures. There was nothing heroic in my practice, quite the opposite. I was often treated like a parasite. Sometimes I felt rather humiliated."