These images, from my new book of photographs, On the Way Home, were taken in the Russian city of Yaroslavl between 1990 and 2000. I originally went to Yaroslavl as part of a joint-venture, independent film project between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union. Writer-director Chris Schmidt was an old friend of mine, and he wrote me into the production budget because, as he put it, I needed to get there because of how I saw the world visually. The resulting pictures — from a Communist rally to a long line for mayonnaise — are less about a specific culture and more about a kind of photographic ambiguity of time and place.

On the Way Home, Perceval Press, 2003. Perceval Press is a new, L.A.-based independent publisher specializing in art, critical writing and poetry.

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