“I never used to go anywhere without a Polaroid SX-70. I had one on me at all times.
These photographs probably span 25 years; at one point, there was an art director who really wanted to do a book of all of them. I love photography, and the composition of images, but I never wanted to [pursue it as a career]. It feels too personal.
I’d rather keep it for myself.”
“Here [on the right] are Kevyn Aucoin and I, which is kind of a brilliant photo. And [on the left] are Dick Page, Kevyn, me, and Rumiko. There’s a good Polaroid.
I think we were at Kevyn’s birthday party, sometime in the early ‘90s.”
“This is the DUFFER MOTEL, in my hometown of Mangum, Oklahoma.
My family used to go there for breakfast after church.”
“That’s a Dairy Queen and a Super 8; I took the photo on one of my many road trips.
I still do a lot of them — I recently drove from Los Angeles to Texas, and back. I have an old 2001 pickup truck. There are more than 200,000 miles on it.”
“Here’s LISA MARIE, Elvis’s plane.
I was driving from New York to Texas, and took the picture on a stop over in Tennessee. I went to Graceland then, too!”
“These are my sister’s goats; there are a bunch of them.”
“My dad could be a pain in the ass, but he was an awesome, super funny guy. We’d laugh together all the time. That’s him [in the denim jacket] with his brother. These photos were taken at his birthday party, before he passed away from ALS in 2005.”
“My dad took an old school bus, welded a patio on the back, and turned it into a kind of motorhome. Is that not brilliant? It was really fun to ride around in.”
“I used to photograph my niece, Laramie, all the time. I didn’t have kids, so I was kind of attached to her. She’s 20 now.”
“Here are my baby chickens —
we used to do whole photoshoots together.”
“This is a bar that I used to go to in Wichita Falls, Texas. You’d drive up, honk, and then someone would come and put a tray on your window.
We’d get these drinks called ‘FROSTY REDS,’ which had tomato juice and beer. It was an awesome place.”
Photography byBramble Trionfo
As told toAnthony Rotunno