Bruce Wrighton Street Portraits

“Yesterday I saw a parking attendant who had just the right look in his eyes. I didn’t even introduce myself, I said, “Can I take your picture?” And either because I was so forceful, or he was so open, or there was something in my sincerity, he just said, “Sure”.

He was a fairly young kid. Weeping eyes. Eyes that really spoke of the pain of having to struggle versus really wanting to find a home. As I chatted with him as I was making the picture–again setting up the 8 by 10 is not like the snap-snap of an SLR. It takes 15 minutes to get the whole thing together. It’s a commitment and it’s building a relationship.

I find that important because I need to develop some kind of rapport with these people. So during that rapport building session, he mentioned he was going in the army. I said to myself, gee that’s just so fitting. To me when a young kid tells me they’re going in the army and they’re working in some parking lot or something like that; I don’t know for certain, but I say this kid’s looking for direction. But in his eyes I got the sense that the direction had to come from within him.

Anyway the kid had a nice pink shirt and red hair and a red hat. There were aesthetic reasons as well (he laughs), the psychological and spiritual element have to be there, but as well a successful image for me has to be aesthetically balanced.”

Parking Attendant
Binghamton, NY, 1987
8 x 10" c-print
Confessional, Saint Stanislaus Koska Church, Biinghamton, NY, 1986
type-c contact print
Young Man
Binghamton, NY, 1987
8x10" c-print

Yonda's Bar
Binghamton, NY, 1986
8 x 10" c-print
Woman with love tee and tattoo
Binhamton, NY, 1987
8 x 10" c-print
Saint Anthony's of Padula Roman Catholic Church, Endicott, NY, 1986
type-c contact print
Storage, St. Anthony of Padua’s Roman Catholic Church
Endicott, NY, 1986
8 x 10" c-print
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