I remember waking up at 4 am that first October in 1994 to the sounds of people, thousands as it turned out, gently moving past our van. There had been no available hotels and my friend David wanted to be sure we did not miss the morning launch so we parked in front of the entrance late the night before. Outside the van it was cold and dark.
These images made with a Holga camera using black and white film show what that day felt like. Years later, in 2010, I was finally able to return and once again use the Holga and black and white film. Many of the earlier balloons were not there that second time through a fair number remained. New, more animated characters replaced the liquor and cigarette balloons. But the dark deep surreal brown remained.
Posts on Lenscratch may not be reproduced without the permission of the Lenscratch staff and the photographer.
Matthew James O’Brien: No Dar Papaya RevisitedNovember 9th, 2017
Jeffrey Milstein: LA NY: Aerial Photographs of Los Angeles And New YorkOctober 21st, 2017
Benjamin Dimmitt: Paradise LostOctober 13th, 2017
ART+SCIENCE: Tarek Mawad and Friedrich van SchoorSeptember 19th, 2017
Martin Cox: Snow DrawingsAugust 4th, 2017