SHE SLEEPS ALONGSIDE SORROW - Michael Garlington, Daughter of the Circus.
Garlington’s work is surreal, dark, and piercing, but there’s a sense of humor alongside the grotesque. This photo? The little girl curled up, the grinning monkey, the sad clown father? Astonishing. I find myself thinking of this image all the time. I want it to be a book cover of mine, really very badly. Failing that, I want it at least on my wall.
The below is the first Garlington I saw, on the cover of Zyzzyva, maybe 10 years ago. I’m pretty smitten with this one too, but these days, I like the darker edges even more than this bear suit and beauty. (Though Exit Pursued By A Bear is very much the thing here, and that stage direction is tattooed on my thigh.)
- Michael Garlington, The Fishmonger’s Daughter
Garlington has also photographed the extraordinary singer/Renaissance woman Jill Tracy. I knew there was a reason I kept staring at these portraits, and it was that I recognized the photographer.
- Michael Garlington, Jill Tracy.