This is an image from a book I am working on called “On My Way to Where”. I live in Moscow, Russia and I am an expat. A lot of the photographs I take here are the type of things a New Yorker sees in the world, wherever they go. I was trying to shoot this parade on a major holiday, and was walking across these train tracks, following some teenagers and then there were police blocking that entrance.
I wandered off, ended up following this guy because he seemed to know what he was going. Before I knew it, he hopped a tall fence and scrambled up this hill. All to save 50 cents admission. I got two frames. The other one had an edge of the fence in it but I like his body position more in this one.
I have always been a black and white film photographer, rarely straying from that long, magnificent tradition. This book has put me in a mode of challenging my comfort zones. Color, and lurid color even - I was allergic to it most of my life. My friend Brian Miller told me that he sees me struggling with these images, how hard it is... and how that makes them "more interesting" than my black and whites that are in a different part of the book.