Though it was a while back, I still remember much about my trip to Missoula, Montana to photograph Author, Richard Ford. It was for GQ Magazine and part of a series of writers and their favorite bars. I had no assistant and took a taxi to my hotel, where Richard would pick me up the next morning. As we drove to the location, I told him how this town seemed a bit odd to me, part "country farm" and part "30s detective movie set" was how I think I described it. Then he told me that it was where David Lynch grew up and it all made sense. This was where the seeds of Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks had been planted.
The bar was dark like all bars are dark and I don't really remember much else about it or the lady bartender, who I think was also the owner. I do love this image probably more so now then when I took it, since now I could correct a few things that had bothered me with photoshop. I also remember having some time to kill after we'd finished and so I did a little exploring. I found a little junk shop where I bought a cool old Crosley radio. When I asked the owner if he would take a check he asked, "Is it good?" which still makes me laugh.
Richard Ford would go on to win a Pulitzer Prize a few years later for his book Independence Day and his most recent book, Let Me Be Frank With You was also a finalist.