We are now half way through the Aberdeen portion of our initial shoot and somehow, miraculously, we are a little bit ahead of schedule.
Charles Peterson came to town yesterday and joined us in shooting still and motion picture portraits of Aberdonians that we came in contact with. We are doing this in each of our cities (Aberdeen, Olympia and Seattle). First we recruit a subject, then Wyatt captures them on 35mm motion film, then Charles steps in and shoots them from front, back, side, capturing details - the bag they are carrying, the keys hanging from their belt, etc. These photo sequences will ultimately introduce Charles’ early photographs of Nirvana and Kurt - the only archival photographs that we will use in the film.
In pulling unsuspecting folks off the streets, we were able to get a good glimpse at the ongoing controversy in Aberdeen over whether or not to pay tribute to Kurt. I had heard talk of this before and I knew that the city’s decision to put “Come As You Are” on the “Welcome to Aberdeen” sign was not without struggle, but over the past few days we’ve learned that the divide between the love Kurt and hate Kurt camp is distinct. Seems that there are many who feel that recognizing his legacy will, in some way, condone his drug use or his suicide. (I’m not sure the folks of Memphis are as conflicted about celebrating a drug addict rock star...) We’ve heard from several who say that they just didn’t like or understand his music, they like “traditional” rock or country music.