Alec Soth and Writer Brad Zellar “Looking for America”.
This interview makes me want to take more audio recordings while making photographs.
GARY behind the wheel of his GMC Starcraft in Fremont, Ohio
So this van is your home?
For the last three years, yeah. This is pretty much what I’ve got left.
Where do you park it?
Here and there. Mostly out at the Speedway parking lot. They know me.
Are you from here?
I’ve lived in Fremont for 61 years. I had my own house, but l learned the hard way that if you aren’t one of these rich guys you don’t own anything in this world. Everything’s borrowed, which means that somebody can take it away from you at any time.
How do you get by?
I do some recycling and occasional repair work, and there are a lot of unemployed and homeless people around here, so there are churches and such that have meals and give away food and clothing. I hang out at the soup kitchens, and I’m one of the lucky ones around those places. I’ve got this van.
What’s with the McDonald’s cups?
I can’t afford the coffee anymore, but I still like the cups. They’re kind of my trademark, I guess.
Is there anything you’re dying to say?
No, not really, just that everything’s too digitized now. The fifties and sixties, that was a good time.