Range Street, First 2 Months

17 Oct

Lauren Froment, hanging out at The Diner

We’re two months into the Range Street documentary and photo essay, and things are slowly coming into place. It’s been tough to be honest: busy schedules, logistics, setting up interviews, etc – its become clear that this is going to be a challenge in time management and planning. But probably the biggest challenge so far has been the most fundamental part of it all: putting it on film.

How do you film and photograph people who otherwise don’t want you shoving a camera in their face? I’d probably tell myself to fuck off too. But I guess we will keep telling everyone what we’ve been saying the whole time: this is a documentary project, which is going to be shot objectively but fairly. It will be at the same time gritty and beautiful.

I was taking photos last week and a woman came up to me. “Why are you taking photos?” she asked. “Nobody cares about this place.”

“Look over there,” she said, pointing at a graffiti filled sign in a vacant parking lot. There was a group sitting around it. “I bet you not a single white person will stop and talk to any of those people. Nobody cares about their story.”

I looked at her for a split second, realizing she was totally right. “Well,” I said, “I guess we’re doing this doc for exactly that reason. This is their chance to tell their story.”

This is their chance to have people listen. And to start caring.


5 Responses to “Range Street, First 2 Months”

  1. davidmaguire October 17, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    Pat, and Jay,

    I’m stoked to see this whole thing when it’s finished. It’s going to be fucking rad.

    David Maguire.

  2. Megan October 18, 2011 at 12:21 am #


  3. Hart October 18, 2011 at 7:11 am #

    It’s true. Shorty really does love Kraft Dinner.

    Also, do you know anything about the elder in the pic above that one? I feel like I saw him everywhere.

    Great stuff so far.

    • patkanephoto October 18, 2011 at 8:42 am #

      Yes, we’re trying to get everyone’s names and let them know they’re going to part of this. Out of respect of nothing more.

  4. xmichra October 18, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    Pretty good pics. I used to work at the diner, corner mart and the range. That back ally entrance? Ya – that used to be my front door a long time ago.

    People do care. It’s more about the “image” of rough though. At least it was in the past. There have been many beautification motions put into place – but the streets rep just can’t take it. People feel the need to tip the flower pots, reck the signs, and grafiti the murals. Long standing tradition of Range street indeed.

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