Kerri French, Koreatown, LA 1992.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010 I met the performance artist Kerri French one night outside the Ball Bizarre in downtown LA.  She and a friend came out onto the street and they both had their heads encased in elaborate latticework helmets. So naturally, I asked them if I could take their photograph.  

Ultimately, we became friends and I used to photograph Kerri quite often. She was very keen on being in front of the camera. She lived in a small wooden house in Silver Lake, which was a museum full of strange object trouve, rudely altered Barbie Dolls and lots of bits of her art. There was a tree in her front garden that had grown in through the louver windows and had completely taken over her front room. This shot was taken in a burnt-out store in Koreatown, shortly after the LA riots.