Doing Everybody Else Week last week was great, and I thought of all this stuff to blog about myself, but right now it all escapes me.
A friend who never really looks at photography was looking at Echolilia and commented that it seems like The Age Of Reason has set in...Eli doesn't appear as feral or as fragile, he is older and solid. He just doesn't look like the same kid as he does in the early images. That might be telling me something...I might be near the end.
And then I'm haunted by the advice that came from Thomas Schirmboeck, curator at Zephyr Mannheim Museum in Germany: As a book, its a book without words. Present this with no words. None at all. You need to let the viewer find his way to make sense of the series in the same way the kid might be finding his way on his own terms.
The last comment seemed to fit and feel right on. I always felt the missing link in this project was some text that I'd write that would put it all together. Maybe that is not meant to be. Maybe the images need to do the work here and its a silent story. When I read his words...it seemed to ring true.