Print "Golden Shot" by Hunter Madsen

"Golden Shot"

 
TITLE - "Golden Shot"
WHERE - Vancouver, British Columbia (2014)


Heroin addicts use the arch slang "golden shot" to describe going out with a bang - the ultimate, culminating overdose.  In the sketchy neighbourhood where my print lab is located, just steps from a walk-in detox clinic, I came across this discarded needle perched on a hedge among a scatter of golden, last-of-the-season leaves.  Essence of misfit desire.
 
"Let the slave grinding at the mill run out into the field;/ Let him look up into the heavens and laugh in the bright air.

Let the enchanted soul shut up in darkness and in sighing,/ Whose face has never seen a smile in thirty years/ Rise and look out; his chains are loose, his dungeon doors are open."

- William Blake