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PHOTO ISSUE EXTRA - WILL GOVUS

July 22, 2009, 7:45pm

I don't remember how I came across Will Govus's photos of fog and light fooling around like babysitters and boyfriends on a couch made of sky but I do remember thinking "Why didn't I think of this?" and "Any chance of me ever thinking I'm a decent photographer is now long gone." And to make me feel even worse, Will is still in his teens. I guess that means he's too old now to be called a prodigy, and frankly, that word always makes me think of Doogie Howser. Whatever that young genius thing is, though, he's got it.

Vice: What's the deal with the crazy fog in lots of your photos?

Will Govus:  My little town gets really foggy sometimes. I like shooting atmospheric stuff like that when I can.

Atlanta's actually pretty rad when you get with the right people. I was there for four years. You can do it.
Yeah, I'm really hoping I'll meet some good people in Atlanta. It just seems weird that I know people through photography in basically every other city in the U.S. but I don't know anyone there.

I know you've started doing more portraits but did you photograph fog because you're a loner and shy? Why the lack of people in your early work?
I wasn't around people that I was really interested in taking pictures of, I think. I don't really care much about making pictures of people I don't know personally.

That makes sense.

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