The results are in, and another round of SPARK is done. For those that don’t know, this is a web-based project that pairs artists of various kinds with writers across the country and around the globe.
It works like this: Artists, musicians and photographers provide a piece of work as in inspiration for their partnered writer – who in turn provides an inspirational piece of writing – typically fiction or poetry. Each person then has ten days to respond in their chosen medium, and the results are shared on the web.
This round my partner was writer Greg Adkins.
My inspiration piece for Greg was this:
You can read his response here.
My photograph in response to his inspiration story was this:
Both the story and my photo can be found here.
This image was made at the disused Naval shipyard at Mare Island – an amazing area of abandoned buildings where I hoped I’d find something to fit Greg’s apocalyptic storyline.
As I walked past one of the buildings I noticed that a side door had been broken open. I squeezed through and found a huge open space surrounded by offices – presumably belonging to the clerks and supervisors who’d worked there. There was much less vandalism than you might expect, just a few broken windows, and as the late afternoon light shone through the high windows it caught these shards of broken glass and I took this photograph from inside one of the offices. I have many other images from that day that would have worked, but even as I pressed the shutter, I was reminded of the last line of the story and knew this was the one.
As usual, ALL the work is amazing and fascinating: I highly recommend you to check it out and browse around.