Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I'm Bad At Goodbyes


(I'm Bad At Goodbyes, Final Words, 2008, 20x24 in c-print)

I'm sick and I need your help telling me this...
Yesterday I got my first disgusting moment with this series when I was photographing the fifth roadkill. I stick my hands right in there and my fingers come pretty close to touching something that has been shouldn't be touched without a 12 ft stick, and I write with clalk what I think could be its final last words.
I have been obsessed with the idea of leaving flowers behind for those we have lost, and though dead rats and pigeons aren't usually missed, or cared for, we see their death more than any other kind of death.

(It Doesn't Hurt Anymore, Final Words, 2008, 20x24 in c-print)


Sometimes I feel pretty sick from seeing some really gross roadkill, and it is so clear in my memory that I could still see it, years later. I thought of changing the context of that image I have in my head by making something humorous about roadkill. And in the process I thought I'd even play on final words, and how they too, can be humorous as well.


(I Learned My Lesson, Final Words, 2008, 20x24 in c-print)


And like the act of leaving flowers behind for those we have lost, I leave these little captions for the little guy, or little guys. Farewell.

5 comments:

Taj said...

These are hilarious, i love 'em. Does it have to be roadkill cause those two dead rats near your bike rack probably could be of use...

BrendanGeorge said...

I think thats the thing that really generated this with me; having to see those rats for almost two week, on a daily basis. But I can't use chalk on pebbles around them.

Katherine Lamb said...

Most impressive - I am in awe. So is my mum, haha - now she's depressed because she thought she was a genius. Hahahahah. Looking at roadkill always makes me feel disconcerted and bitter; but these are touching and beautiful. Ace!

BrendanGeorge said...

thank you, tell your mom I'm sorry, chances are we thought of it at the same time, but I'm the one with the camera and the chalk.

sofronova said...

ha ha...
I love these. I knew I would when you pitched the idea!