He built half of the house he lives in with his own hands. At 95, a World War II vet of the Army Corps of Engineers, he still drives and puffs the occasional cigarette. He grows his own tomatoes and walks where his wheels won’t take him. It’s the 21st century and he still burns his trash. I remember when the white hairs on his head was a dark red and when he wore a Kangols instead of ball caps. But more than anything I’m happy that he’s still here, that he kept the words I wrote for a birthday in a frame, and that he can still laugh at himself. I’m glad that I took these shots and recorded some of his stories for the lens and mic. He’s gone from farm boy to living history, and I hope to document as much of the road he’s traveled as I can.
The Other Place
A native of Washington, DC, Kenji Jasper is the author of five books including the bestselling Dark, the acclaimed House on Childress Street and the crime novella, Snow. His work has appeared on National Public Radio, in Newsweek, Essence, VIBE and in many other publications. The Other Place is a boutique media arts initiative that will bring the world offerings in books, film and food, all with a subterranean 21st Century flair. It's first release, Jasper's own The Morning After, will be released in the Summer of 2013 followed by several web and television projects and Eve, Jasper's first full novel since 2007.