Hello from Outer Space
I photograph to see the world around me. When I have my camera, I can wander for hours, drifting from scene to scene. There’s a certain magic in the unposed moments of everyday life, and the hope knowing that there will always be a moment to capture if we’re just close, bold, and lucky enough. Ninety-nine percent of the time, the elements still don’t come together for a photograph. But documenting the human condition is not so much about the photograph as it is about being there in the first instance.
In the pages that follow, I have tried to share some photos of the world around me that hopefully shed some light on the journey I’ve been on since picking up a camera. The pictures here are unposed and taken in public places. The writing that accompanies the pictures are imagined stories or quotations, and some of it, mind you, is not meant for children. If you see your picture on here and want me to remove it, let me know.
Since January 2014, I have been based in Takoma Park, Maryland, after spending quite a while in New York City, including most recently Brooklyn. I realized quickly that the City became its own character, one with a hundred different faces, mood swings, scents, and colors.
I am currently working on documenting the Metrorail. I will be posting those images soon.
Thanks for stopping by. I am learning as a I go.
~Eli Koppel a/k/a Rufus Mangrove
You can find my ongoing projects here.
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