Sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar. Sometimes, it serves as an inspiration.
Bruce Meisterman was sitting on his deck, under an umbrella, smoking a cigar, when it came to him. He'd do a new project, something different.
The fruits of that seed, planted on the deck, is "Suburban Cigar," opening this weekend at ANF Architects.
Full disclosure here: Meisterman used to work for the Flyer's sister publication, IMB. But his passion was clearly photography. In 2012, he published Arn? Narn., a book of black-and-white images of Newfoundland. These images are stark, pristine — telling the story of the price of overfishing to the area.
"I didn't think it would ever be seen," says Meisterman of "Suburban Cigar." A curator at AFN prodded him into showing.
The images — 19 in all — tell the story of a couple in saturated, cartoonish hues. This is a story of the South with a wink at the movie American Beauty and the work of Duane Michals. The couple is doing couple-y things. But what that story is exactly is up to the viewer to discern. Is that couple married? Is there infidelity? What is going on?
"I'm interested in what people think of it," says Meisterman.