Shooting Punks in Paris
It's funny when you look back and realize, with a small amount of shock, how long you've been doing something that you weren't really aware you were doing. These photos, my first shots of the alternative scene, were taken in Paris back in the early 80s.
I have long loved watching those on the fringe, they seem to have a secret, a freedom to be themselves. I also love shooting street art. I am a big fan of Banksy's art and ideas and loved "Exit through the Gift Shop."
Sometimes I think I want to be there, be doing this myself. But for now, I take photographs.
I particularly love the stance of the big guy in suspenders on the left. I wonder if he was required to take ballet lessons at an early age and rebelled by turning punk, but phantom foot positions still remain... Or perhaps he just had weird body posture.
And the juxtaposition of the punks snoozing in the afternoon sun against the sleek lines of the sculpture, one guy in white socks and fedora -- more interesting to me than the art by itself.
The photos also reveal something about the person who took them – my younger self, watching the scene from the behind the scenes, safely, anonymously ... intrigued, but waiting, on the outside of the outside.
Photography & text © Kristin Fellows 2011