The Language of Urbanism
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Huie is currently photographing the neighborhoods connected by University Avenue in St. Paul for a six-mile installation in 2010, and both entries are from that project, “The Language of Urbanism: A Six-Mile Photographic Inquiry.” In words words as “documentary” as his images, Huie tells the story of a local – and implicitly or explicitly, his intersection with that story.
“Itâ€™s been 12 years since he retired as a Hennepin County caretaker for mentally ill adults, but his days are packed with volunteer work and a busy social life. He never married and has no siblings or children. ‘Iâ€™m still hoping,â€ he says.’ For a while he had a button that read, ‘Looking for a sugar momma,’ but didnâ€™t get any bites.”
“Until recently he had been an engineer in China making good money and was now in St. Paul looking for work. Anything, he said, even washing dishes. I met him at the Hubbs Center in St. Paul where he was learning English. I asked if I could photograph him for my University Avenue Project, but it was difficult because my Chinese was worse than his English.”