summer job…

Dasha wants to see California. Los Angeles specifically. She knows L.A. from the movies. New York  police car chases a la television shows she wants to see as well. In the meantime, she and a few hundred other Ukrainians are biding their time on the Carolina coast filling in all sorts of jobs. Dasha and her friend Katya work at a miniature golf course. Galaxy Golf. A golf course where you might immediately look around to see if Martin Parr is indeed doing a book on it. Has crossed my mind too. Classic kitsch.

I have spent the last three days photographing the Ukrainian community that paradoxically lives here side by side  in the land of rednecks and tourists and fishermen and construction workers and surfers. Most return to the Ukraine after a three month summer stint, but some have married and raised families with the local crowd. However, Dasha and Katya see themselves raising their families in Kiev.

The Carolina shore and L.A. and New York are simply passing fancies. A growing up adventure and a first time, maybe last time, flirtation with America. My best pictures of these women and men mixing in the local environment must be saved for my upcoming essay on this coast for NatGeo and book following, yet I can never resist simple portraiture just because, well, I just like to do it.

Summer jobs. The best of times, and maybe the worst of times. How about you…Ever now fantasize your best summer job?

129 Responses to “summer job…”

  • davin…
    ukranian women look ‘too sexy?’
    oh my!!

  • @Paul

    I did….but then you said this:

    “And saying you did this as a teenager does not count…”

    in the beginning you don’t want to work
    in the middle you have to work
    in the end you can’t stop working…..

  • a civilian-mass audience

    yeahhhh…somewhere in France…one BURNIAN LADY AUDREY…

    LOVE YOU AUDREY…and thank you…silent power…
    I just received your package

    oime…THANK YOU MR.HARVEY…BURN is THE place to BE…

    back to …road trips,bikes and crayons…VIVA!!!

  • ALL,
    do not forget to watch in 25 minutes the last trip of space shuttle ATLANTIS , live…
    (btw, 9000 NASA employees will be laid off/unemployed right after the ATLANTIS’s last launch…Budget cuts affect everyone, even the very best…)

  • Carlo…

    It can all be done at any age!
    The secret is if nothing else works, a total pig-headed unwillingness to look facts in the face will see you through.


    (the 9000 employees getting laid off is coming from reputable source NPR btw…)

  • EMCD
    Been looking at your brilliant “compendium of modern photographic discourse” and saw this lovely Bruce Davidson video…

  • David…

    Yes, I will DO IT.

  • @Paul

    But at that point it might be too late.
    The way I see it is work becomes another habit year after year of the same ol’ grind that once you want to retire you can’t relax and unwind because now you feel the NEED to do something.
    At this point I don’t know what’s worse.

  • Carlo…

    Are you happy with your life?
    By this I mean the things which you can change, not those things which are out of your control…
    Because if you’re not…
    just remember you only get one chance at this game…

  • Oh Garçon,
    I’ll have what Paul is having (smoking)!
    The guy can go from telling you to try some ‘celebrity-endorsed-all-out-bum’ attitude to a ‘zen master’ ready for some soul-searching and giving wisdom’ in a few minutes -nice!

  • Paul,
    I knew exactly what you meant with the daughter under the sun.

    My best summer job was sailing throughout the Mediterranean sea… Sun, wine, women, freddom. I remember Sardinia, Sicily and Croatia very fondly!

  • Paul,

    Yes, I am.
    But I wish I had enough money to stop working and concentrate on what I really want to do.
    Basically trade the 9 to 5 of “work” to a 9 to 5 of “work” I WANT to do.
    You see what I’m saying?
    I work in part of the field I want to be working on…what i really want to be doing…so it’s been amazing. I have learned a great deal here….I can’t really complain.

  • DAH, I think Civi must be referring to your tweet about missing pictures.

    Any luck yet?

  • Carlo…
    Just take little steps in the right direction, where you want to go in life… A bit like going down a flight of stairs; one don’t usually jump from the top step to the lowest step, you take each step one at a time…
    But anyway I can tell you my truth and I want to convince you of my truth and by doing this, I’m not listening to your truth which only you can listen to and find. Just remember your truth probably isn’t a comfortable ride…so much mire comfortable just being…the ostrich syndrome.
    Take care :)


    ahh yes, of course…i did find the pictures…it only took an hour, but time expands to forever when you cannot find pictures….thanks for asking….

  • Laughing!!And the truth in my life right now, is my camera battery has just died on me…

  • David…
    I suposse you do realize a CD or DVD have a very short life span…
    The very best are guranteed to last five years…
    Read on the plane to Paris this decade will probably be the least documented photography, video and audio wise…something like only one in ten will manage to keep safe their files, obviously this has much more to do with amateurs…

  • Paul,

    I like your advice to Carlo! I know you didn’t ask for the job, but I’m making you my life coach. Seriously.

    Speaking of keeping files safe, I’ve been digging Crashplan lately. The have backups to the cloud, but you can also use their free program to backup (encrypted) to another computer, external drive, or a friends computer. (The free program becomes adware after the trial period, but the ads are kept to the left margin and are unobtrusive.)

  • I want to go home.
    I want to print three negatives, two will complete my since-years-ongoing-project. The other starts my new project.
    Instead I’m on the road, carrying a huge painting and picking up a piece of an engine tomorrow. And no printing when home, but going back out taking pics for the since-years-ongoing-project.. wait, I was finished with that, wasn’t I? Yes. Or.. not..

    Civi, still raining, and quite heavily..

    David, not complaining, but..remember, you have a female audience also.. ;)

  • Paul,

    That is basically what I have been doing…little by little…sure baby steps.
    I think I came across as being too pessimistic. Maybe that’s the problem. I’m really not.
    About the truth, yes I see what you are saying. It’s a human thing ;-)

  • Those Ukrainians are most likely on the J1 Visa Work and Travel Program.
    Some foreigners come to the US with Jobs lined up, others get a job with the help of a Sponsor.
    In the past, there used to be some shady arrangements, however the US Govt. has cleaned most of that up.
    Would have made for some interesting photo essays. (wink)

  • I should add since you mentioned the not so comfortable ride…it hasn’t been. But at the same time it’s hasn’t been too bumpy either….soooo it’s not really about making it easy. Or worse being complacent.

    About your love for eastern Europe and the girl love for NYC: We (phorographers) love almost everything what we don’t have…we live in a permanent insatisfaction.
    Particurally, when I was living in Buenos Aires (mostrly the same as rock and roll Rio, night life, traffic jam, poverty, endless energy struggling in a daily life, chaos, etc…) I decide to move to France (pretty much the opposite (bon vivant). And now, in terms of photography want to go back there.

    @ PANOS: Thanks for the link, awesome that some camera can broadcast LIVE from outter space. Some NASA-WiFi spot nearby… I’m pretty sure ;-)

    Have a nice burning week end.

  • a civilian-mass audience

    JUSTIN…hiiii…”what cd?”…:)))))))))))
    lost?…oime…someone needs vacation…ASAP:)
    and yes…PAUL as a life coach

    PANOS…you need vacation too…:)))

    EVA…rock on my LADY,rock on…be safe out there…we need you!

  • a civilian-mass audience



  • PAUL

    i do not ever put any pictures on a cd or dvd…everything goes on multiple hard drives ..and best work back to compact flash cards…solid state tech…work prints on key pictures…

  • Patricio,

    Don’t you think it’s more human nature to ‘live in a permanent insatisfaction’, not just photogs?
    The grass is always greener… you know…

    Then again, some people manage to get the best of their situation and find true meaning and new creative energy where they are/live… Just look at Paul and his new-found energy and photo-ideas (thanks Paris!), while -in a way- DAH does the same thing with OBX (working at home with all the difficulties of being ‘at home’)!
    Yeah, I know, easier said than done, but hey, maybe you should try it, see how it goes ;)) I’m trying to do the same here. Baby steps & enjoy the week-end!
    Best, T.

  • EVA..

    are you asking me to photograph the Ukrainian men? is that what you mean? well , i have of course..but probably not in the same way you would appreciate…besides only you could do that anyway…most of the workers here are the women..besides it has been proven over and over and over, that many women prefer pictures of women over pictures of men..i did not invent that…just look at women’s magazines for of women, not men…even these Ukrainian women women when i photographed them with tanned handsome young male lifeguards, they were of course interested and the usual flirtations of sorts were what i was trying to capture…….but their eyes LIT UP when i introduced them to Michelle my son’s girlfriend and Lauren my assistant…girls seem to really like girls…or, at least there is a real comfort zone they may not have with a man..on the other hand, what do i know about what women think? nada, honestly nada…i just take pictures.

    cheers, david

  • DAH, looks like you made Alec Soth’s latest blog post:

    “While in Europe I stopped by Paris for some exciting Magnum meetings”


    Blog entry here:

  • marcin luczkowski

    Summer job?

    For me it is obvious associate with sun, sand and sweat.
    Since I was 16 I was worked as a stone-mason in sandstone. Great times.
    For me the best summer is when sand is blinding glare of sun, no matter it is in work or beach or country path.

    And girls… yes summer and the girls :)

  • Clearly, those are some scintillating meetings!

  • Jason! How goes it, brother?


    hey, that was the biz meeting after the night i had out with the Burn crowd til 4am…jet lag on top of it…pain killers for broken nose on top of that!! no wonder i slept through the bars and graphs meeting…of course i will get back at Soth for this…he is not safe anywhere…

  • CIVI…

    No worries, I do water-in and water-out stops.. and need myself possibly a litte longer too :)


    Agreed, perhaps it would take a woman photographer.. but not too too sure about that, you really think?.. and yes, I’ve read that somewhere not too long ago, that both boys and girls prefer pics of girls.. don’t know if it’s my age, or just who I am, well, I do not (prefer pics of girls), but then I don’t like shoes, purses or shopping either..

  • of course i will get back at Soth for this…he is not safe anywhere…
    (he he, i know where he lives;)

  • David; Just think what that Soth pic would have led to if you were both late teens/early 20-somethings…. A continual duel of reprisal pranks until it ended in (another) Accident and Emergency visit! And then the blinding revelation; “Oops; maybe this has gone a bit far!” ;-)

  • panos skoulidas
    July 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm
    rush to purchase the last few copies..
    I AM NOT KIDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    (dont tell me later i didnt warn ya, ok?)
    one love

  • I do not want to create any unnecessary panic but please place your ORDER to buy ANTON’s book especially here in the (USA and Canada and Mexico)…before it is too late…i know for a FACT that it wont last…i dont know about the european distribution center but here in the US we are very very close to sold out… remember its limited edition, numbered, 500 BOOKS ONLY…few left…go for it!
    Support the Artist
    Support ANTON
    support BURN
    gracias amigos and amigas!

  • Waiting for mine anxiously!

  • DAH,

    when do you ever feature Men?

  • Wendy…
    John Gladdy and a rather irritating Burn paparazzi were featurd last week :)))))


    i think if you look at my collected works, books, etc. you will see just as many or more pictures of men as women…Living Proof was almost all men…..Divided Soul and Cuba 75% men….go look, go count please….the only all women book You Made Me Leave is at this writing unpublished….RIO will have lots of women..Outer Banks 50/50…..ok, i am going out shooting now..i will look for a man to please you both…no promises

  • i will look for a man to please you both…

    [insert risqué joke here]

    Nice to see your still around here. I think the last time I posted
    was on the Road Trips blog. Soo long ago!

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