Saturday, July 24, 2010
A man called Soupy
I'm reading abook by Chris Bohjalian called The Double Bind. It's a fictitious story with fictitious characters, but what made me take the book home were the gorgeous back and white photos taken by a real person who inspired the concept behind the book.
The photographs were taken by a (real) once homeless man named Bob "Soupy" Campbell, and were found by a temporary shelter's social worker after his death.
The mystery of how a man could go from photographing famous musicians, comedians, actors and news-makers to being down and out inspired Bohjalian to tell a tale that takes us out of our normal stereotypes and causes us to look more closely at a life behind a life.
Read more about Soupy here, and see more of his photos here.