There are certain people of this world that are not afraid to experience it. Ray Potes is one of them. His photography is proof.
Potes runs a bi-annual photo publication called “Hamburger Eyes,” which he jokingly described as being “The continuing Story of Life on Earth.” Joking or not, Potes’s journal, which takes on the characteristics of his photography, is a lucid reminder of worldly minutiae. That is to say, Potes’s photos don’t simply capture moments; rather, they are narratives of the overlooked and neglected.
A perfect example of this narrativization is in the photo of Phillip K. Dick novels. Dick, widely regarded as one of the most influential writers of our time, is not a canonized author. Simply put, it is very unlikely that you’ll ever read a Dick novel in a contemporary literature class. More simply, if you have heard of Dick (still referring to the author), it is likely because you saw the move “A Scanner Darkly” or “Minority Report,” or because you and your friends used to clandestinely insult peers and authority figures by calling them “Phillip K. Dicks” (you’re so clever). The point, if I may digress, is that you read Salinger in high school instead of Dick because Dick was a science fiction writer (I’m not discounting Salinger here). Science Fiction, not unlike its occult followers, is seen as the nerdy little brother of “realism,” and that creepy older brother who always tries to flirt with the friends of his little sister, “magical realism.” Dick, like Potes’s subjects, is often overlooked despite his brilliant narratives.
Maybe Potes will photograph me someday. If he ever does, they will likely be posted here: http://www.raypotes.com.