The Freedom of Summer


White hot pavement. Grey humidity. Valium haze.

Too hot to cook, too hot to think, or perhaps I should say too hot to “over think”. It’s difficult to overcome my initial inertia, but once I take a camera out, I notice a difference in my attitude, a casualness that allows me to sketch, risk and push boundaries. My pace is slower; I stop for something to drink and linger. I look less pointedly but longer.

This process gives me a crop of outlier images. At first none of the pictures work with each other, nor do any of the images fit into any body of work I have in progress. I’ve made a catalog for these images that I titled Strays. That word prevents me from forcing anything and gives me permission to enjoy the absence of category and routine.

Patterns will probably emerge, one idea might lead to the next, but right now, it’s all just messy possibility. It’s too hot to let that bother me. I’ll just wait to see what happens.


About Carol Dragon

Carol Dragon is a New York City photographer who focuses on portraiture. Her dramatic approach to capturing the essence of her subjects is done in a style reminiscent of master painters and yet is very much her own. Carol is one of the featured photographers in the recently released 100 New York Photographers by Cynthia Dantzig. She has a BFA and a MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Her client list includes CBS, Scholastic Publishing, AOL Time Warner and Anson Mills. She is available for commissioned work worldwide.
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