Thursday, May 18, 2006

The eye next door

Photographer Bill Owens roams, but keeps coming back to suburbia.

By Michael J. Ybarra @ The LA Times

Hayward, Calif. — On a bucolic street in this suburb (what else?) south of San Francisco, Bill Owens lives in a cottage crammed with art, mementos and the detritus of enough half-started projects — vintage pickup truck rebuilding, sparkling winemaking — to full several lifetimes. Somehow the human skull sitting atop a shelf doesn't look out of place.

"Don't ask me where I got it," says Owens. "I used to have an antique store. I can tell you where I got the cannonball, though."

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