My cranky Vietnam Veteran friend, Fred, has given me an open invitation to photograph on his abandoned farm in Ashland County, WI (which he uses as a hunting camp). Fred also owns a beautiful old cabin on the Gile Flowage, in addition to his home in Montreal, WI. A talented builder who loves to fish and is perhaps the most talented fisherman I have met in my life. Fred knows both the Gile Flowage and Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior like you and I know our bathtubs. His primary prey are Walleye. He worked on the railroad for many decades, and as a result, knows many of the most off the map superb fishing lakes all around the USA, but primarily in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. This property has numerous abandoned buildings, sheds, vehicles, and boats, as well as God knows what else buried under stacks of this and that, tucked away in 40 acres of woods and field. Fred raises a large breed of rabbit at his home and will often take the population overgrowth and bring them out here to release them. Makes for an interesting time when you are photographing and looking onto the ground glass when a very BIG black and white bunny steps into the picture. They have their hiding places in and under all the outbuildings, which also helps them avoid Mr. Fox and Coyote.
As with Fred's Farm, I have yet to find a subject or location that holds a finite number of images. I often photograph the same location many times across time, often years in duration. Different seasons, light, weather, equipment, or my mood generate varied visions and reasons to click the cable release.
Written following the Detroit Riots in 67. Only two of the MC5 left now. The House Band at the Grande Ballroom.