‘Good Goddamn’ is a story about a man from rural Texas and his last few days of freedom before going to prison.
Bryan Schutmaat first came to the photo world’s attention with a classic of the genre. His book Grays the Mountain Sends (2014) was a series of landscapes and portraits of small, almost forgotten communities in the Rocky Mountains. It demonstrated that Schutmaat was not simply a photographer of rare ability, but someone who could use photography effectively to build a narrative.
‘Good Goddamn’ tells a nominally simple story. Shot in Texas over a few days in February 2017, these twenty-seven photographs document the last few days of freedom for Schutmaat’s friend Kris. We are not informed of the crime that led to his incarceration, nor the duration of the sentence. The fact he was not in custody possibly suggests that it was not serious, although the psychological weight of the photographs perhaps points to the opposite.
Image credit: Bryan Schutmaat, Mud 01, 2018.