I first came across Tod Seelie when I was browsing the internet and found a photograph of a car lit on fire. The title above it read Slow Dancing to Slayer. It was a simple flyer for a small show at an even smaller gallery in Williamsburg, but its message was loud and clear. Wedged between a great Polish grocery store and the hipster hangout “The Lodge” was Seelie’s solo photo show at Cinder’s Gallery.
His photographs need no introductions or explanations, because they truly tell a million words. Shooting all across the country, Seelie captures the essence of Us vs. Them. We’re all one against the world, and each other, and yet along with that feeling of isolation comes some powerful sense of community and camaraderie. Seelie is currently touring with Matt and Kim (link < www.myspace.com/mattandkim>) throughout their many dates in the U.S., shooting them and their bill mates from their rickety tour bus.
For our first rotation in the Working Class Magazine gallery, we present to you Tod Seelie. Visit him at todseelie.com.