July 3

“I came, I saw, I documented” should be the slogan of July 3rders who are natural chroniclers of the people and events of their day. Like any good reporter, you’re often drawn to the odder and more perverse elements of society. For a natural-born observer, you can’t really choose a more fitting career than JOHN SINGLETON COPLEY did, as America’s premier 18th-century portrait artist. FRANZ KAFKA was certainly interested in exploring life’s underbelly. In Metamorphosis (his best known work), he explored it from the unique vantage point of an insect. Altered states of consciousness often reached by a copious amount of drugs are a popular theme for famed British director KEN RUSSELL whose innovative and haunting films are hard to forget (try as we might).