A Stranger to Me

Man with his head in the clouds (20 × 24 in.), 2014. All of the images in this series were made in New Orleans.

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A Stranger to Me

by Kevin Kline
Southern Cultures, Vol. 25, No. 1: Backward/Forward

“I wanted to make something that represented the idea of trying to know someone—and the feeling of knowing them well and then, at times, not at all.”

This series of over-sized tintypes, is a rumination upon a relationship with a person and a city. Using metaphor, allegory, and the re-interpretation of a few facts, these images recreate events and atmospheres and contemplate themes from a period of sixteen years. They are an idealized record of my relationship with my partner Brian Waitman and the years we spent together in New Orleans. I wanted to make something that represented the idea of trying to know someone—and the feeling of knowing them well and then, at times, not at all. Focusing on issues of race, boredom, sexual identity, poverty, beauty, and a hurricane—among other things—the series expresses the desire and frustration and occasional contentment of trying to find intimacy with another human being.

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