If you aren’t already acquainted with the gritty, beautiful photography of Franklin Crawford, here’s your opportunity. His new show, “Shooting the Gun: The Ithaca Guns Factory in its Decline” opens today in Ithaca and runs through the end of February. *
*If you can’t make it to the show, check out his photos on his Flikr stream.
One thing I deeply admire about Franklin is that he can tell a damn good story. His photography focuses on the story of his hometown, Ithaca, NY. His individual insights are simple, direct, and often times heartbreaking, and the entire collection builds a rich narrative that I find fascinating. The best of his photos make me hurt- I don’t know whether it’s sadness or wonder or envy.
As much as I love his photography, I love his written storytelling even more. Franklin has the incredible ability to distill a complex narrative, creating a forceful impact using only a few well-timed sentences. Which makes him a perfect partner for one of my favorite pastimes: making comics.
Here’s one of our collaborations: “Weed Atcheson”. Most of the work is Franklin’s, I just went in and pretty-fied it a bit. Look out for more comix collaborations with Franklin– the man has got so many good stories to tell. Read the comic here.