I don’t have to look very far to find “creepy” subjects to photograph. I simply walk downstairs to the living room, dining room and kitchen. That’s where we house our Museum. My partner, Steve, has long been in the estate sale and used book business. We sell a lot of stuff on e-Bay, Amazon, ABE Books and A Libris through our home business, Scholar and Poet Books. But we also keep a lot of stuff. Creepy stuff. Stuff that Steve thinks is somehow “special”. And he props this stuff in any available nook and corner that he can find. Which is why I can easily photograph these:
Your fragile skin is smooth and taut, a drum head.
Shadows surround your bones.
Your waning flesh a cry for mercy.
a hermit’s life
of walking at a slower pace
* Steve became a City Carrier Assistant for the US Postal Service in April. His sister and his father have both had long careers in the P.O. Steve has left a lifestyle of self employment in the online bookselling business in order to make fast money with overtime and extended hours walking a city mail route. This is a temporary solution designed to retire some debt. At six foot two inches tall, he now weighs only 155 lbs – less than he weighed in high school. In the sanctuary of his home office, surrounded by stacks and stacks of used books and melodies of Handel, Beethoven, Schubert and Mahler, he is a happier person. Scholar & Poet Books is his personal work. Walking the footpaths of Wisconsin is his preferred route. He longs to return to this Walden by the time he turns 50 years old. *