#smalltowninertia 35mm Film Test scans August 2014
Stuart : Final frame
I’d known Stuart for over 15 years, time once was when we were barfly pals, attempting to dull our respective pains with cheap red wine whilst discussing the world, damning it’s evils and championing it’s beauties.
Forever on the fringe of Market Town, having returned here to care for his elderly Mother, until she passed away, Stuart stayed alone in the house that witnessed his Mother’s final breaths and some weeks ago also bore witness to his.
Stuart was one of the first people I ever documented, the encouragement he gave me, at a monumental junction within my own life, I’ll never forget, he gave me a chance, as a human being and as a fledgeling photographer and as a friend.
I remember, so vividly, when we had his portrait featured upon the Pictorymag blog, I rushed over to tell him, gave him a print of the featured photograph and he was thrilled, amazed anyone would care for a word he had said.
(*From Pictorymag feature)
Baptised in Darwin’s Bathwater.
"Stuart lives in his late parents house on the outskirts of town. Alone and somewhat isolated from the world around him, Stuart has taught me one lesson above all : to love the small, precious moments with those close to you. It’s the one element of life that can never be regretted. For him, the warmth of remembering sustains the coldness of present days."
"Stuart has watched as so many loved ones have returned to the earth, and yet maintains an air of gentle understanding about the rhythm and pattern and tempo of mortality. “I was baptised in Darwin’s bathwater” he told me as we discussed the afterlife and his resolve about the natural cycle of life’s twists and turns. “Love is the eternal where we are not so in the physical.”
“Love is the eternal where we are not so in the physical.” …these words are how I’ll forever remember Stuart. Market Town has lost one of it’s princes and is dulled with his absence.
I’m sharing some audio from our final recorded conversation, I want you to hear his voice, his laugh, his musings, memories.
sneak peak of the final TLRN book cover (pre-orders still available)
© Anjès Gesink. Vogels huilen niet series.
Naum Gabo - From the Opus series (1950-73)
Never surprises (eclectic songs)
JONATHAN CHERRY: What did you want to be growing up?
QUINN MILTON: When I was very little, an actress. My brother was going to get me an agent and everything at the age of 10. As I grew older, I became more interested in writing, which is still something I hope to incorporate into future photography projects. But at 26, I’m still trying to figure everything out.
JC: Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?
QM: Maybe not so much inspiring me as challenging me, is this city. We have been in a perpetual winter for months now. As someone who loves to photograph light, the constant gloominess has been a challenge, but has also inspired me to look at this city differently and find ways to photograph it in ways I haven’t before.
JC: What are you up to right now?
QM: I am trying to venture into the print world. I think it’s tremendously important to see your work in a tangible way, to hold it in your hand instead of seeing it solely on a computer screen. Working to get myself organized and financially stable enough to complete a book encompassing my work from Africa.
JC: Have you had mentors along the way?
QM: It’s only been in the past few years that I’ve really pushed myself to share my photography with others. My boyfriend, Russ Augustine, has been instrumental in encouraging me to put myself out there and keep working at it, which I am grateful for. It makes a huge difference to have one person in your corner telling you you’re not crazy to be spending all your money on film.
JC: Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you?
QM: I am based out of Chicago, IL, USA. This city is constantly changing, so it forces me to always keep my eyes open. A piece of graffiti today might be whitewashed tomorrow. A blizzard tonight could yield to a heat wave next week. I’ve seen the President give his acceptance speech in Grant Park, and paraded down the center of Michigan Avenue for two Blackhawks Stanley Cup Championships. It’s an exciting place to be.
JC: One piece of advice to photography graduates?
QM: Learning the technical aspects of photography is hugely important. Now use that knowledge without deadlines or critiques. There is a freedom after finishing school that allows you the time to really create what you’re passionate about, not just what’s required to graduate.
JC: If all else fails - what is your plan B?
QM: Sometimes I think I’m still looking for my plan A, everyone goes through life a bit blind. But I don’t think photography would ever be completely eliminated from the equation.
JC: Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community?
QM: Photography was just my minor in college, so I was always a bit on the fringes of the photo community – which is vast here in Chicago. I think my personality leans a bit more toward the independent side, so I prefer to be more on my own, but I think that sort of tight, supportive community can benefit a lot of people greatly.
When you say to a woman or a man, ‘I love you,’ you are simply saying, ‘I cannot be deceived by your body, I have seen you, the bodiless you. I have seen your inner most core, the core that is Divine.’Osho – Love, freedom, aloneness (via iam-youis)