Sunday, April 14, 2024

David Photostrip

David Wojnarowicz, Photostrip (1981?)
In the Shadow of the American Dream 
The Diaries of David Wojnarowicz 1971 - 1991 (2000)

"So while waiting for the coffee to make its way to the counter, I stepped over to the phone and rang up Jesse. Zoe answered ... I'm making nude photographs of Jesse. Are you coming over? I'll make photographs of you, too ...

"I laughed and said I wasn't sure, I was just sitting down to coffee, and she said Well I'm hideously depressed and so is Jesse and we're drowning in each other's sorrows, but we're doing art, I'm taking pictures, why don't you have your coffee and then come over? ...

"Look, I said hugging her. I don't understand why you people feel depressed. I've been walking around all day feeling extremely happy. I mean there's so much great stuff in living, there's so much to see and do and feel great about (I was beginning to disbelieve myself, explaining it, verbalizing it wasn't the same as feeling it, it was more personal). "

[pages 187-191]

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