ABOUT SMASH STREET STUDIOS
An Initiative of Real Stories Gallery Foundation
WE ARE TELLING THE STORIES OF OUR LIVES. WHAT WE HAVE SEEN. WHAT WE HAVE LOST. WHAT WE CAN FORETELL. WHAT WE LOVE. WHO WE LOVE. HOW WE LOVE. WE TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS AND RENDER THEM INTO WORKS OF ART.
These are simply photographs we we have lingered over and we love. Everything in life is a form of self-portraiture.
An Aside: I am always being accused of making photography of the kids I deal with as sexualized. But these are kids who sexualize themselves. Their photographs are how they see themselves. You have to perceive this within the context of sex work being a business. These are boys who managed their own businesses. Some of them for years. They have a street sense most kids do not have.
We all lived in the same house for ten years. It grew financially unsustainable. We couldn't buy food.
So we've gone back to sex work. It's the only option we had. It's okay if you do nor choose to believe it. After all, Tim Barrus is involved.
Our living arrangements have put us in locations where there are two or three kids living in these places at a time. We are spread out. I put thousand of miles on my jeep. I go safe house to safe house. You don't need to know where we might be. It is irrelevant. What is relevant is that we are still making art, still taking pictures and video. That is all to know because that is all there is.
So What Is the Difference Between What I Say in the New York Times and What I Do Here.
There are only differences in time. What I write about anywhere is a looking back at the past through commentary and experience. What I do now is about immediate survival. Immediate self-awareness. And immediate validation when it comes to the boys I teach. They must be validated because they are human. It's when they become a thing or a fetish, they become objects, and they are not objects. They are only trying to make it in the world.
TIM BARRUS: SMASH STREET STUDIOS
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