Ahndraya Parlato and Gregory Halpern, from East of the Sun, West of the Moon:
"These photographs were made on the Solstices and Equinoxes of 2012 and 2013. They were made wherever we happened to be—our home, travelling, or wherever we found ourselves on those four days of the year.
While photographing, we thought loosely about time, about what time looks like to each of us—time of day, time of year, time in the sense of a lifespan. Not surprisingly, certain themes recurred—birth and death, transition and renewal, lightness and darkness.
The title is borrowed from a Norwegian folk tale. We liked the idea of trying to rely on two continually shifting landmarks as navigational guides, how disorienting that idea is, and how it creates an elusive or impossible place.”
MOSSLESS: Flint used to be one of the country’s largest car manufacturing city and now in its decline it’s become one of the country’s most dangerous cities. How are the people of Flint dealing with this decline?
Juan Madrid: People get by. That’s the way it seems to be everywhere—you do what you need to do to survive, at least in the poorer neighborhoods. It’s difficult because most of the people in Flint have no way out of Flint and realize this. It’s the type of situation that forces crime to become the easiest way of survival. It seems as if the downtown area is becoming more robust, but I’m wary of that kind of growth. It addresses a symptom of American capitalism, rather than the disease, while compartmentalizing the poverty and violence. But people are helping the downtown area to grow and the presence of colleges definitely make that area safer and more prone to economic growth. There are also community organizations that try their hardest to fight the rampant poverty, whether it be youth groups, homeless shelters, or other types of aid.
Weeks go by and our son is glazed with grime, and every cell of dirt upon his body is a molecule of water saved and he loves those tiny molecules translucent as his own flesh in the spring, this thin vivid liquid boy who has given his heart to water, element so much like a nine-year-old — you can cut it, channel it, see through it and watch it, then, a fifty-foot tidal wave, approaching your house and picking up speed as it comes.