Tim Soter… blog.

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McGolrick Park tree.

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DJ Scud, visiting from the UK.

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Self-portrait, 2011-2015 (possibly longer)

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“Fumetti” book preview.

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This book is 12 x 12″ Hardcover, printed on #100 weight matte paper.  Because the printing is so fantastic and the paper weight so heavy, each page looks like a bound print.

Some text from the book:

“Fumetti” is an Italian word (literally “little puffs of smoke” in reference to speech balloons), which refers to all comics. In English, the term refers specifically to photo novels or photographic comics, a genre of comics illustrated with photographs rather than drawings. In the past I have considered figuring out a way to bridge the gap between comics and photography.

This book project combines two loves of mine – vintage comic books and 4×6 photo prints. Friend Arthur Tress was visiting one day and asked what personal projects I was working on. I was frustrated at that point and creatively blocked. Arthur calmly offered, “what if you just did something with your photos and your comic book collection which you obviously really like?” He picked up some 4×6 photos and placed them squarely in the middle of the covers, saying that I could play around and find some associations within the two images. That was enough.

I went on to spend a few enjoyable days matching prints with cover imagery, carefully taping them down and scanning them. The photos came from “The Ship Escaped,” a project where, for a ten year period, I shot strange, dark and often comical images with an Olympus Stylus Epic point-and-shoot camera. Then I culled down a decade of photos into a tight edit of just sixty images. As for the covers, I still have every comic book I’ve ever bought or that’s been given to me. In nineteen seventy-six I was five years old when a downstairs neighbor was moving out. He asked me if I wanted his comic books, a very large cardboard box overflowing with hero comics from DC and Marvel published in the previous seven or eight years – well-worn Mad magazines were also included. I was shaking with excitement and unable to speak as I accepted! I remember some slightly older neighborhood kids came around asking. “Timmy, can I have this one?”- taking advantage of this a boy unable to say “no” to older kids who now seemed to admire him. I still remember bitterly the exact titles they left with.

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“TIM! GO AWAY!” preview

Just a few pages from the book.  CLICK ‘EM to see them bigger.

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Coney Island, today.

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The short films of Duane Michals.

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I’ve been extremely fortunate to work with Duane Michals on a series of short films this year, as of this writing eight strong and growing.  This is the first time Duane has collaborated and it’s wonderful to be able to help bring some really unique ideas to life.  On the last piece, shot almost entirely in my apartment I was the Director of Photography.

Now, if you know me you know what a huge fan I am and it was a funny seeing Duane on my sofa reading my photo books with my cat Rocco circling his legs.  He’s a tremendously generous artist and person and I’m glad that I’ve created my own alternative grad school by learning from him.  Plus I saved $66,000 in student loans.

I’ll let you know as soon as he plans to screen them.

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Eyes on the street.

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Swedish midsummer, NYC.

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Midsummer is an occasion of large gatherings.  Swedes like the world to be well-ordered, so Midsummer Eve is always a Friday between 19 and 25 June. People often begin the day by picking flowers and making wreaths to place on the maypole, which is a key component in the celebrations.  The maypole is raised in an open spot and traditional ring-dances ensue, to the delight of the children and some of the adults.  On their way home, girls and young women are supposed to pick seven different species of flowers and lay them under their pillows. At night, their future husbands appear to them in a dream.

Legend has it that the night before Midsummer’s Day is a magical time for love.

Learn more…

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A typical Midsummer menu features different kinds of pickled herring, boiled new potatoes with fresh dill, sour cream and chives.  (Those were eaten earlier on, pictured here are homemade chocolate balls, strawberries, deviled eggs and … swedish fish.)

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