Vincent Skeltis: Fish and Ghosts
Vincent Skeltis had me at the title of his new project: Fish and Ghosts. And then I saw this first image, and I was a goner. Skeltis just posted a first installment of the project on his site, and he tells the story on his blog.
I can’t ignore a muted cyan, a delirious landscape, or a beautiful blonde. So I’m done for. Here are three of my favorites, and excerpts from Skeltis’ project introduction.
Dusk at Silver Lake, 2008
“I’veknown Aurora Kross for some years now. We’ve had mutual friends, commoninterests, and at one point or another, reveled in dissipation. Allthat was a long time ago. Fish and Ghosts, for me, startedwith Aurora’s phone call, sometime back in May 2008. It was simple -she and her long-time girlfriend Lexi Boeger were writing a manuscriptabout life, love(s) and fly fishing, and she wanted to invite me toobserve and photograph them, as they are, as they live. They share timebetween Placerville and the greater Tahoe area mountains.”
Untitled (Aurora and Lexi Sitting in a Landscape), 2008
“NorthernCalifornia is their playground, and they know it better than some ofthe bears that roam there. Their writing is rife with symbolism,fantasy, memories and dreams. They talk like a trucker’s sorcererdaughter would, ‘Shit motherfucker, do you see those motherfucking hawkghosts up there?They’ve been following the truck since Blue Creek – motherfuckingVincent man, you bring them here? Damn man, you are the motherfuckingLeader of the Army of the Dead.’Inthe coming weeks, the first installment of images will be posted on mywebsite, along with some writing from both Lexi and Aurora. I’ll beheading back out to them in October – a trip I’m truly anticipating. Ihaven’t seen nor heard their story before, and I’ve learned so muchfrom the time I’ve spent with them. Their lives are as complicated asany other, however it’s how they live and love with the normal stresseswe all know that impressed me. Every moment is poignant, and don’tfuckin’ tell them otherwise.”
Untitled (Search and Rescue in Mokelumne Canyon), 2008
I think I’ll be keeping tabs on Aurora and Lexi for a while. Read and see more, here.