“What have I always believed? That on the whole, and by and large, if a man lived properly, not according to what any priests said, but according to what seemed decent and honest inside, then it would, at the end, more or less, turn out all right.”
– Terry Pratchett
Lex is a freelance photographer, videographer, and writer. He tends to live his life one Terry Pratchett quote at a time, which, by and large, has served him reasonably well. He’s wandered, in baffled wonderment, over 6 of 7 continents (that lower one is tough to get to), several bodies of water, and more “outlandish” places than most people would think safe, or even believable…and found pretty much everywhere people tend to be vaguely people-shaped and can always go for a cup of tea.
Lex was born and raised in Washington DC, which he continues to boast of proudly to anyone who can stand to listen to him talk about Henry Rollins, Fugazi, Chuck Brown, being straight edge, or Go-Go for longer than the duration of a typical Minor Threat song (this is not a very long time). He now, of course, lives in Los Angeles and will instead bend your ear about what ‘40s film this particular street corner was in.
“Over the past four plus years, many Americans have felt nostalgia for a period in our history where things were seen as simpler. Better. An ‘American Utopia.’
The actual history of the United States, however, is infinitely more complex, and this utopian ideal is revealed to be a fantasy when one considers the narrow population (white, affluent) of who had access to this dream and why.
I have spent this pandemic scanning and cataloguing hundreds of slides taken by my grandparents from the late ’40s to the early ’60s – the exact period that so many yearn to go back for – and have forced myself to try and reconcile my own family history with what and who is missing from these ‘Utopian’ images.
Hiraeth is a welsh word describing a deep feeling of longing for a time, era, or place that never existed.”
– Lex Voight
On display for one week beginning 4.2.21
Helms Design Center at 8745 Washington Boulevard
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