Saturday, December 1, 2012

Why Don't We Do It In The Road?

Some photographers are attracted to cooling towers. Some are drawn to pets or twins. For Dave Potter it's used condoms. 

I've known Dave as part of the Portland Grid Project for several years now. We all shoot the same grid square every month. But somehow he finds condoms and the rest of us don't. Believe me, it's not for lack of trying. If I saw something as intriguing as a used condom I would shoot it. But I never find them. But Dave is like old faithful. If there's a used condom discarded in the gutter in a certain part of town, you can count on him finding it and shooting it. 

The most recent grid was especially rich in material. It's a noisy, dark, industrial part of the city. Good for discreet protected sex. In a gravel parking lot near the airport, Dave found roughly 15 used condoms over the course of November. They came in all postures, colors, sizes, and degrees of decay. If only these rubbers could talk. Imagine the stories they would tell! 

Dave must have several hundred photos by now of various rubbers meeting the road, but I don't think anyone outside the grid project has seen them. What follows is a brief sampling.












15 comments:

Unknown said...

Interesting to find out I'm not the only one. The parking lot of the junior high near me is littered with the things.

John said...

I hope he uses a telephoto lens ha ha ha

Anonymous said...

Nov 20 and this post about photography or blogger ID ?

Blake Andrews said...

I could see how someone would relate this post to the November 20th post. Sorry if they seem to cover similar subjects. It's just what crossed my radar. No grand plan. I think the thing that binds them, beyond that fact that most adults fuck, is that I don't expect these photos to be covered by other blogs. That's a prime requirement for B. If I see certain photos written about elsewhere, they automatically become the last thing I want to write about here. I dunno, screw it. It's Saturday night. I'm half-drunk. What else is new?

Mike Kayton said...

They look so sad.

But I think one of them is a sock. For sure.

Blake Andrews said...

Warning: Never write online comments after coming home from a party.

Dravus Ravus said...

I think the "sock" one was just an extra extra large?

Stan B. said...

Liked the essay on bags of (dog) shit, this one- not so much...

Anonymous said...

The only photographic merit these images exhibit is that they are centered in the frame.

Blake Andrews said...

And yet even a lowly typological study of used rubbers has more merit than any comment written anonymously.

Jonathan said...

And since when is centering the subject a statement of photographic merit?

Anonymous said...

I've never liked condoms.

Anonymous said...

Well, the pun is good. A little gross, but what do i know.

Anonymous said...

I am looking for someone to help me with my Christmas lights. Do you know anyone interested in a job like that?

Anonymous said...

Used condoms are everywhere... all you have to do is look down!