Flying the purple for McKenzie
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Flying the purple for McKenzie
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On%20my%20very%20first%20photographic%20expedition%20into%20'the%20Porsche%20junkyard'.%20January%2012,%202006.%20%0A%0AJanuary%2012,%202006%20was%20the%20date%20that%20my%20best%20friend,%20and%20artist,%20Katherine%20'McKenzie'%20Oerting%20was%20in%20surgery%20to%20remove%20the%20Stage%204%20rectal%20cancer%20tumor%20she%20had%20been%20trying%20to%20shrink%20for%20the%20previous%204%20months.%20McKenzie%20would%20never%20have%20let%20this%20story%20be%20written%20without%20some%20of%20the%20more%20intimate%20details%20because%20she%20always%20said%20that%20everyone%20loved%20to%20talk%20about%20raising%20awareness%20for%20breast%20cancer%20-%20but%20rectal%20cancer...not%20so%20much.%20%0A%0AI%20had%20cloaked%20myself%20in%20purple%20that%20day%20in%20support%20of%20being%20with%20McKenzie%20in%20spirit%20while%20she%20was%20going%20through%20her%20surgery.%20Calling%20herself%20the%20'purple-haired%20chick',%20McKenzie%20had%20originally%20just%20dyed%20her%20hair%20purple%20one%20time%20as%20a%20fashion%20choice;%20but%20coupled%20with%20her%204'9%22%20perky%20exuberance,%20the%20color%20was%20so%20well%20received%20that%20she%20kept%20it%20up%20as%20a%20kind%20of%20branding%20device%20to%20navigate%20the%20labyrinths%20of%20a%20medical%20system%20where%20it's%20so%20easy%20to%20get%20lost%20as%20a%20name%20and%20not%20a%20person.%20Truthfully,%20there%20was%20really%20no%20losing%20McKenzie%20-%20with%20or%20without%20the%20purple%20hair%20-%20but%20nevertheless,%20it%20became%20her%20calling%20card%20the%20last%203%20years%20of%20her%20life,%20and%20when%20she%20went%20into%20surgery%20that%20day,%20everyone%20who%20knew%20her%20wore%20purple.%20%0A%0ALittle%20did%20I%20know%20then,%20that%20this%20day%20for%20me%20-%20my%20first%20foray%20into%20photographing%20the%20junkyard%20-%20%20would%20mark%20the%20beginning%20of%20what%20has%20now%20turned%20into%20an%2011%20year%20odyssey%20of%20my%20own.%20Photographing,%20documenting,%20managing,%20preserving,%20curating%20and%20creating%20art%20from%20what%20Gary%20Kempton%20had%20called%20his%20'historic%20archives'%20on%20the%20site%20of%20GK%20Restorations%20located%20in%20Crawfordville,%20Florida.%20%0A%0AFor%20over%204%20years%20prior%20to%20this%20day,%20I%20had%20been%20a%20computer%20consultant%20for%20Gary's%20company,%20and%20I%20had%20regularly%20come%20on-site%20to%20work%20on%20the%20computers%20-%20not%20make%20art.%20Despite%20also%20being%20a%20photographic%20artist,%20I%20had%20just%20always%20driven%20past%20the%20junkyard%20-%20a%20bit%20intimidated%20by%20the%20200+%20cars%20and%20their%20odd%20constructions%20of%20decaying%20car%20flesh.%20It%20had%20simply%20never%20occurred%20to%20me%20to%20merge%20these%20two%20professional%20areas%20of%20my%20life.%20And%20it%20would%20have%20probably%20stayed%20that%20way%20if%20I%20had%20not%20been%20directly%20inspired%20by%20McKenzie%20and%20why%20this%20story%20can't%20be%20told%20without%20her.%20%0A%0AOut%20of%20destruction%20-%20love,%20art%20and%20creation%20arise.%0A
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