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…”

  • DAH…

    Curious.. we’ll see.. Gracie, thanks for the help..bedtime here, fe/male counting tomorrow, but I do remember lots of ‘girl pics’ in Living Proof..

  • .. perhaps it’s a question of weight instead of number of actual male vs. female pics..

  • EVA…

    well if “weight” or power of photograph is going to count, at least on a sensuality level, then my pictures of women are going to be stronger….it was this revelation by Amanda Renshaw editor at Phaidon who told me i MUST do a portraits of woman book…so i am…so far nobody has told me i MUST do a portraits of men book…


    well, well..welcome back..hang around awhile this time…all good in your life?

  • DAVID…

    Having seen the slideshow in Amsterdam, I certainly agree with Mrs. Renshaw, it’s definitely MUST!

    Didn’t you want to go out shooting though?.. yeah, and I was going to get some sleep, right.. must as well, too much driving still to do.. off..

  • Regarding having a couple of projects running at one time. In my case where the shooting is being done on one farm, and with one family; I think it’s a necessity. The last thing I want to become is a pain in the arse to them; they need to have their own space; especially so when the shooting is over a relatively long period of time.

    If I was shooting a story that consisted of different people (even in the same general location) it wouldn’t be so much of a requirement. For example; school holidays begin in a week or so and the kids will be at home.

    John & Ruth love having their at kids home, and as much as I will want to document that, I have to ensure I don’t infringe on that “family time” That’s when the other project (running concurrently) is needed; it’s a chance to work on something else in the “down-time” that gives them some breathing space.

  • David,
    This time I will grab a beer and hang around.
    Life is still good over on the West Coast with 5 kids and all.
    Wife recently came back from a Rio trip and I naturally thought of DAH,
    so here I am on burn with a caipirinha.

  • Paul,

    Me gustan tus fotografias de futbol en el calle!

    Sorry, my Spanish really rusty…

  • no comments here now, or rather, just too damn tired…but only this:

    david, if u don’t f**^ng, put that book together about ‘you left me’, i will never give u loomings ;))))….and if you make a book of ‘men’, i’ll kick your beautiful ass…cause u know as well as i, that ;your gift lay in that ‘women’ book, and not because you’re a man, but because that lay at the heart (along with solitary children) of your ‘voice’….:))

    as for summer jobs:….

    my 2 favorite: working as a lifeguard in daytona beach and helping the Hawaiian Tropic girls sell for Ron Rice that damn cancer-licking suntan lotion ….14 years old….and other: a summer spent reading during the day, and drinking/chasing love/kiss/sex at night…so long ago…..

    what have we become as we idle toward jobs and age ;))


  • a civilian-mass audience

    BIG AL’S photo…don’t worry MR.HARVEY…

    you look vulnerable…and girls like vulnerable…
    what do I know…I am just a civilian…oime

    MYGRACIE,SFJASON…welcome back

    ANTONNNNN..wait for me…EVA,VIVA…got me your book
    wait,wait…oime…with all the protests and the lipstics…I got distracted
    YAKUZA wait for me!

    P.S…I wonder what AKAKY,JIM amd IMANTS have to say…about

  • a civilian-mass audience

    My whole life …a summer job
    I am greek afterall

  • a civilian-mass audience

    “… time expands when you don’t fill it with endless amounts of busy…i had no idea. i had believed that time expands when you fill it with as much as you can and then tick it off on your to-do list or your bucket list…done done done. but i was wrong. so wrong.
    …i’ve been in transition this summer, having left my day job to take a leap and pursue a life more aligned with my values and dreams, i’ve somewhat slowly given myself permission to take this month “off” and allow my life to become empty…to not fill the white space in order avoid feeling discomfort or boredom and to see what shows up…
    …and i’ve discovered the ability to see again. really see – it’s as though my eyes had been cloudy and now there is a brightness and sharpness to my vision…”


    find your VISION my BURNIANS…you have only 7 lifes…!!!

  • CIVI:

    well, i don’t want to piss off Pete, but here is a quote for u ;)))

    The Journey

    One day you finally knew
    what you had to do, and began,
    though the voices around you
    kept shouting
    their bad advice–
    though the whole house
    began to tremble
    and you felt the old tug
    at your ankles.
    “Mend my life!”
    each voice cried.
    But you didn’t stop.
    You knew what you had to do,
    though the wind pried
    with its stiff fingers
    at the very foundations,
    though their melancholy
    was terrible.
    It was already late
    enough, and a wild night,
    and the road full of fallen
    branches and stones.
    But little by little,
    as you left their voices behind,
    the stars began to burn
    through the sheets of clouds,
    and there was a new voice
    which you slowly
    recognized as your own,
    that kept you company
    as you strode deeper and deeper
    into the world,
    determined to do
    the only thing you could do–
    determined to save
    the only life you could save.

    -Mary Oliver

  • My whole life …a summer job
    I am greek afterall…………. and the effect on the economy if all think this way

  • a civilian-mass audience

    IMANTS…come over my friend…
    and let me show you
    what “summer job” means…

    you will be swimming back to AUSSIELAND …in record time…:))))))))))))

    oime…don’t bite the “myth of the lazy Greeks”…I have facts and figures

    I am holding an olive branch,faded tulips and a glass of ouzo

  • a civilian-mass audience


    “..and the road full of fallen
    branches and stones.”

    said it all…
    спасибо, мой дорогой друг

  • civi…
    ‘i am holding an olive branch, faded tulips and a glass of ouzo…’
    VIVA to you…..

  • a civilian-mass audience

    oime…don’t we all love


    and yes,MR.HARVEY…bring some men …evolution,or maybe not…:))))))))))

    I will be out…keep BURNING

  • Your assumption was that I referred to summer jobs for the idle………….. there is always more to do in summer in any country. Think harvest etc

  • BIG AL’s DAH pic..

    oups, as Civi would say.. sorry, Mr. Harvey, should not have given you those painkillers, I knew they’d knock out an elephant.. told you so.. feeling a tad guilty now..

    (Civi, Anton will wait for you.. no worries!)

  • Summer job? Got myself the best ever so far.. shooting new project started on July 3rd, planning on shooting through late Septemer, early October.. and then again next Summer..not event related.. ehm.. no one said it had to be a paid for job, right? and beats cleaning toilets to raise the money for my first camera (without lens) big time!


    good move…you hanging in the right spot….

  • Bob,

    “what have we become as we idle toward jobs and age ;))”
    Probably a whola lotta people here who know what you mean (especially when we look back on memories like yours ;)
    But isn’t it also a great way to kick yourself in the ass? I mean, trying to find other ways to feel a bit like when we were young (and free)? Or is it all just too late?

    Today, I’m shooting kids (4y olds) playing in a lush park, I hope I’ll get a feeling of when I was that age…! If not, I’ll just jump up&down, walk on my hands, roll in the grass and just play in the sun ;)))

  • a civilian-mass audience

    EVA…thank you…

    keep shooting…I count on you

    I count on ALL OF YOU !!!

  • Civi.. don’t tell anyone, but when arriving back home first thing I did was going to the darkroom and checking, if the picture in the negative was still there.. and still there as I remembered.. it is.. now unpacking.. phew..

  • …………. and the effect on the economy if all think this way
    Lol…effect on the economy!.. Effect yea sure.. It will affect the 1% terribly when/if they let their “slaves” work less , or even let them free..

    ALL, OBEY… get a second job , support the “economy”, support your masters, support your 1% elite that guides you like a dog with a bone.
    OBEY, OBEY..
    ( ignore what Michelle or Bob or CIVI said… stay busy , be productive, be another BRICK in the wall)


  • Tanguy
    To get that childhood feeling back you should have been at our
    4th of July Block Party. Jumpy Waterslide on a very hot summer day!

    Early on,it was the kids in the neighborhood that were constantly
    Jumping, sliding, and splashing while the 40 year olds were socializing
    and consuming adult beverages.
    Later, the adults were on it fully clothed – crazy tricks, making big splashes.
    Bouncing at the top on hands and knees, dismount with a twist sliding down backwards
    Head first backside, SPLASH. Barrel rolls, etc. Feeling young again, until the next day
    with limited mobility in my right shoulder etc. It was awesome dude!


    this video is for my buddy davin…
    (all of us should watch out for “stereotype” kind of clusters…very dangerous out there…;)

  • cluster bombs (and mines) i meant…;)

  • ALL

    summertime indeed… will not be here to comment much this week because i am in the mountains of Colorado with my family…our annual gathering of the tribe…next week off to Italy where i do hope to spend some time with many of you who are close by…summer ends up just getting too too busy…trying to figure out how to make it less so, but i cannot imagine how…in any case, wishing all of you well..back soonest…

    cheers, david

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