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Everything Is Horrible

Things have never been outright good but horrible might best describe them now. I have always been an optimist. Perhaps a pessimistic optimist but someone with more hope than despair. But the events beginning, let's say, about five years ago (it's July 2020 as I write this) and continuing now at an alarming rate have made things more difficult for me.

Over the years I have worked and continue to work on a diversity of photographic problems. Doing so, I sometimes collect things that I come across here and there and things that people give to me. I bring them into my studio and, arranged in various configurations, photograph them. The meaning of this studio work comes from my subconscious. It may be a reference to my “reality” or it may be a complete escape from that. I don’t know. But it makes me happy to make it and it helps me hold back the despair.

Joseph Labate
Tucson, AZ