As I mentioned in my last post I recently moved into a new studio downtown and it’s been an incredible experience so far. However, the thoughts of “where do I go from here” and “who am I” often consume me and the struggle to be who I am as an artist and to grow to be better at that is a bit much at times. One of my favorite photographers once said, “We break the rules because we aren’t interested in following anything or anyone but our own hearts.” This blew my mind. That. That is exactly what I want in this endeavor. A rebel of the craft, photographing people with stories to tell. Photographing the real. I’m interested in the chaos of families and embracing the mess of full framed emotion. I want to photograph love stories and push couples to openly express their raw emotions towards one another. The formal photo isn’t enough for me.
Meet Marcheta Dixon. She owns La Rose Antique Mall on Main st. in downtown Crawfordsville. I think it’s a rule that if you own an antique store you must be a good story teller. I went in there originally looking for a coffee table, but shortly left to go get my camera so I could come back and photograph her. I’m not sure what interested me initially about her, the ginormous photo of her talking with former President Bill Clinton or listening to her talk about the huge collection of sports memorabilia displayed all around the store. I know you’re wondering how I could go from the first paragraph of this post to Marcheta, but the thing is I see a lot of myself in her. She’s a bit of a rebel, a story teller and straight bad A. Did I mention that photo is her correcting Bill Clinton on which college Crawfordsville was home to? That she contemplated taking the photo down because it caused some negative feedback for her store, but decided not to because in the end the image was about the experience not the politics. And besides, it’s her store and she can display what she wishes!
Below are the photos I took while at the store. Stop in and see her if not only to buy things, but to look at her collection of letter jackets and high school sports memorabilia from around the county. It’s incredible and won’t disappoint. And don’t forget to ask her about her experience meeting the former president. Also, find a way to do what you want in life. To follow your own heart. To occasionally break the rules.