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