Good photographs raise more questions than they answer. Photojournalism illuminates by showing the viewer what is still in the dark. In the street, my job is to wring out of an ordinary moment details that will raise questions.
But sometimes I am lazy, and on those days I photograph signs. Signs make a photographer’s job easy: Your subject has already raised the question for you. Even if the sign is a simple declarative statement, the act of declaration makes us suspicious. Who among us has read a protester’s sign without questioning his motives? And wouldn’t our creditors be happy if we believed every advertising sign we read?
Easy photos are often boring photos, and most photos of signs are pretty drab. But Asheville is full of folks who like to make statements, and every once in a rare while it’s worth capturing the questions they raise. The following images were collected over several years.
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Other dispatches from the Asheville Argus:
The Lay of the Land
Merry Christmas from the Asheville Argus
Birds, Part II
Birds, Part I
Eyes on the Street
The Public Space
Collected Street Portraits
The Day it All Started
Fog on the Top Deck
Introducing the Asheville Argus