American Analog: One Rare Moment


From Duane’s perspective, it probably looks like more of a cockpit than a pair of crutches. The horns, compasses, lights, buzzers, pen holders, and various other attachments are a mix of function and self expression. “Some people stare at their phones and never look up, so that’s why I have these horns. This is my emergency siren… Skateboarders are so loud that I needed something louder.” After chatting with Duane, and taking these pictures, he handed me his business card which reads “One rare moment, it’s up to you now.”. I asked him about it and he said, “This is our moment. I meet so many people because of these crutches. It’s great to be able to connect with the people around you and share a moment.”

Form meets function

I met up with Duane again today and I handed him copies of these pics. He told me that before the accident, Duane was hit by a truck while crossing the road, he made a living posing for photos in Fisherman’s Wharf. Sort of like the Bush-Man and living statue guys. “I’m still in touch with some of the people who took photos of me back then. It’s amazing what can happen with a photo.”

One rare moment.






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