"There are a bunch of physical things you need to do to prepare. You need to load the film, gather your equipment, load it in the car and go off, and whether you have a sense of where you’re going or not, depends on a number of factors.
I carry, as I’ve said, a large 8″ by 10″ camera. By 8″ by 10″, I mean the film size. The camera, of course, must be much larger to accomodate that. Heavy tripod. A big pack with film in it and light meters. An extra lens or two, so here I am lugging all this stuff around. If I’m working inside it tends to be very slow. The exposures are very long so if I’m working inside I’ll probably have to bring along some auxiliary lighting. This means carting around light stands, lights or strobe units. It gets to be very physically cumbersome." He told The Weekly Pennysaver in an interview in 1988.Here is a selection of Wrighton's photographs taken from in and around Binghamton during the last two years of his life, from 1986 to 1988.
|Downtown Man # 3, 1987, Binghamton, NY, 1987|
|Security Guard, Binghamton, NY, 1987|
|Woman in Pink, Carnival, Johnson City, NY, 1987|
|Woman with LOVE T-Shirt and Tattoo, Binghamton, NY, 1987|
|Man in Johnny Cash T-Shirt, Binghamton, NY, 1987|
|Young Man, Binghamton, NY, 1987|
|Man in Leather Jacket, 1987|
|Count at Home, Marathon, NY, 1987|
|Dave, Binghamton, NY, 1987|
|Man with Rubber bands Downtown Man # 2, Binghamton, NY, 1987|
|Man with Red Hat, Carnival, Johnson City, NY, 1987|
|Fred, Binghamton, NY, 1987|
(All photographs by Bruce Wrighton; courtesy Laurence Miller Gallery)