Brent Brown responds

The cartoon of the photographer who’s forced into homelessness despite, ironically, being the best in his profession, was not based on you. Rather, the cartoon alludes to a Nov. 2 entry on the Ashvegas blog about local photographer Micah Mackenzie, who posted on Facebook of his struggle to survive in Asheville (ironically after just having won the title of Best Photographer in the annual Mountain Xpress Best of WNC issue). Even then, it was not a literal representation of him and other actual artists actually living in boxes on the street, but rather a premise taken to an extreme to achieve what people with senses of humor call a "joke."

The clothes’ colors were chosen at random and not based on any person living or dead. To further set your mind at ease, the iron depicted in the cartoon, while based on an existing sculpture on Wall Street, does not in real life have human limbs or a face and does not narrate local events.

— Brent Brown
Asheville

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8 thoughts on “Brent Brown responds

  1. D. Dial

    To the photographer, thou dost take umbrage yet flatter thyself, immensely, and concurrently. Well done!

  2. Dionysis

    This reminds me of a complaint of many years ago. Remember the movie ‘This Is Spinal Tap’? It was a satirical take on British rock bands, and was rather generic in depicting the ‘band’. A while after its release, and for some time afterwards, the drummer for the 1970s band Foghat complained that they were the models for Spinal Tap, and groused about not getting “compensated.”
    Ironically, the standing joke in that movie was that the band could not keep drummers; they kept dying (one of ‘spontaneous human combustion’). Roger Earle (the Foghat drummer) was the only remaining original member.

  3. RingoStarchy

    “Damn son, you just got straight clowned!”

    That’s what they’d say on the street, I think.

  4. D. Dial

    But also…to be depicted in BB’s cartons means you have ARRIVED!
    So congratulations Micah.

    And pooh on the other photographer.

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