We drive into Lawrence, KS. Replacements on
the jukebox and 4 guys drinking fish bowl
size bloody mary's on a Monday afternoon. We're coming
to Cincinnati, my college town. I make calls to old friends - some
are missing but I get a hold of Beth. The guys in the bar are
funny. I show them the photographs and they like it.
on to Kansas City. Kansas City, Kansas has an old style 1950's 60's
feel to the commercial areas. There are suburban houses,
neighborhoods, lawns. I like the feel of this city. Although there
is no coffee shop type of place for us to find our models. We do
find a couple of interesting locations. We drive over one of the
bridges into a warehouse and brick area. Train tracks and big
warehouse spaces. This is a great studio
We pull up to a gallery and run up
to put some cards in the box. The car that is parked outside is
actually the owners of the gallery and they live upstairs. They
invite us up and what a great space! Huge gallery downstairs and
even bigger living space with bedrooms and studios upstairs. About
5 guys live here. They have their artwork around and they invite us
to stay overnight if we want. I'd like to sit on that couch and
paint for a couple hours, so we decide to stay.
Our hosts are very open, friendly,
and discuss interesting topics-- art, politics, parties. Their
artwork is quite great also. I get a lot of painting done as I
eavesdrop on the conversations going on
around me. Later S.T. and I crawl into Davin's low, flat futon and
pile on blankets because they haven't turned on the heat yet. About
4 people said they would pose the night before, but it is freezing
in the morning and as it turns out, only Davin, the owner of the
bed we are sleeping in is ready and willing to strip for us today.
He makes up some excuse to skip out of work for an hour or
We shoot under a raised highway
- our model holding a giant gourd.
He did us a huge favor, but we are in Missouri!!! Kansas City is a
city split in 2 - one side in Kansas, one side in Missouri. I
guess we're staying another night. We are off to look for more
models. We head to an area recommended by the bloody mary guys
back in Lawrence. We do find a model, an afternoon model, in
fact. Now we sit at the Mongolian grill after eating a huge plate
of grilled vegetables. We are meeting the model at 3:00. She is
very pretty and looks a little or a lot like Julia Roberts, but I
wouldn't tell her that. We find our bridge location after driving
around a while.
The bridge has a grated surface
that you can look down through and see the brown
water moving below. Our model, Lisa, is wrapped up in
our white blanket and steps barefoot out of the van. One blue car
with an odd couple in it drives by twice. Otherwise nobody saw us
and we drive off.
The 2nd location is under a
SAFE sign. The middle of the day - cars and people all around -
Lisa walks over and drops the cloth covering her body. Some men
are standing near by outside their businesses. They look shocked and quite happy. She was very calm
and brave. They gave her a round of applause afterwards. We
finally have our Kansas shot.