South Georgia photographer Cecil Bradley was recently confronted after rumors surfaced that part of his creative process involved urinating on his printed photos before delivering them to clients. When pressed for a statement, an exasperated Bradley broke down. "I just wanted to get that vintage look that was all the rage a few years ago. I'm not exactly proud of what I did, but the results looked pretty good."
When asked why he didn't simply fork over the $99 for the Glorabella Vintage actions for Photoshop, Bradley replied: I don't believe in pixels. They're not real. I believe in pictures on paper and I put my blood, sweat and tears into each one I make." Our testing facility found no evidence of blood, sweat, or tears in Mr. Bradley's prints. They did however test positive for significant amounts of a different body fluid. Urine. Further testing of the prints confirmed that Mr. Bradley is not pregnant, nor is he a recreational drug user.
Before his secret was exposed, there's no doubt that Bradley achieved the success he sought. Known as the go-to guy for "that vintage look", he had the entire hipster wedding market locked down in South Georgia. No charges are pending since no laws were broken, though it remains to be seen what impact this will have on Mr. Bradley's business.
Bradley says he will discontinue his unorthodox technique and perhaps embrace the computer to achieve a similar effect. "I'll just keep putting one foot in front of the other and try to rebuild. It will never be the same though." said Bradley from his downtown studio.
UPDATE: Since publication of this article last week, Cecil Bradley's story went viral on social media with a flurry of photographer inquiries and interest. Instead of being turned off by the technique, it seems many younger photographers are keen to learn more traditional and alternative photo processes. Bradley decided to close his South Georgia studio and begin teaching workshops full time.