Altered States of Agoraphobia #1 – No Drag Like U.S. Drag

©Alan George

The talented Simon Kossoff started a Flickr group to explore a theme I think has lots of potential.  It’s these sorts of curatorial projects that are perfectly suited for Flickr.

The Altered States of Agoraphobia is a psychological, geographical and cultural investigation into the United States of America today by what I call its ‘Resident Aliens’. It is a contemporary photographic exploration into both the psyche of the artist and also a document of the world in which he or she inhabits and the forces acting on both.

©Fen Smith

©Don Hudson

©Kramer O’Neill

But there is no drag like U.S. drag. You can’t see it, you don’t know where it comes from. Take one look at those cocktail lounges at the end of every subdivision street – every block of houses has it’s own bar and drug store and market and liquor store. You walk in and it hits you. But where does it come from? Not the bartender, not the customers, nor the cream-colored plastic rounding the bar stool, nor the dim neon. Not even the TV.

And our habits build up with the drag, like Cocaine will build up staying ahead of the C bring down. And the junk was running low. So there we are in this no-horse town strictly from cough syrup. And vomited up the syrup and drove on and on, cold spring wind whistling through that old heap around our shivering sick and sweating bodies and the cold you always come down with when the junk runs out of you… On through the peeled landscape, dead armadillos in the road and vultures over the swamp and cypress stumps. Motels with beaverboard walls, gas heater, thin pink blankets. – William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch

©Steven Brooks

©Andrew Wertz

©Chris Moxey

©Nika States

©Aaron Noah Graham

©Don Hudson

©Matthias Franke

©Alexis Gerard

©Jim Hart

©Missy Prince

edit by Simon Kossoff