Thursday, May 6, 2021

Elmo Tide

 If you want to be weirdly wholesome, Julie Blackmon might fit the bill.  But if you want to dwell in the demimonde, you can't go wrong with Elmo Tide (link) (link) (link).  Why am I only now finding him?  

Maybe because he is a figment?  Elmo Tide is not a real name.  In the interview with NPR in 2010, he was elusively silly.  "When I was little, I wanted to grow up to be young," he said.  "Or fire."  Asked who Elmo Tide was, he responded, "Elmo Tide lives in fading shadows and regrets."  

What is known is that he lives in L.A. and all his photos are from there.  It shouldn't be so difficult to out him.  But why?  

His images look like they were made in the 1950s.  They are soft, clear without great resolution.  I would suggest it is because he shoots in low, nighttime light, but even his daytime pictures have this quality.  It is film choice, lens choice, and processing, I would assume.  Whatever it is, his photos are certainly out of time.  

Just as I have begun experimenting with my photo strobe outside, I have loaded my Leica with black and white film.  I feel myself a chameleon right now, a photo Zelig.  

I am keeping myself away from the photos made by the Mars rover.  

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