Traveling and discovering new places to eat are favourites of mine. Over the summer I’ve been using film for personal images outside of work and always a treat to get a roll of film back and revisit these moments.
Summer is here. Time to get outside.
…Can you make a portrait that is not a caricature? Can you reveal vulnerability and frailty without taking advantage, without cheapening the picture and insulting your subject? Is it possible to make a portrait without reducing someone to a stereotyped or incomplete version of him- or herself? Can a portrait actually illustrate a person’s fullness—his or her complexity, contradictions, and idiosyncrasies? And is that ultimately important? My answers to these questions are inconsistent and often change. What interests me in portraits is their complexity, their mystery and volatility. If they lose that, if they ever become all clear to me, I imagine I’ll lose my interest in making them…I am fascinated by the delicacy of the exchange, the tenuousness of the relationship, and the unpredictability of the outcome. I am fascinated by how a portrait of a stranger can take on meaning for another stranger—how an anonymous viewer can look at that person (a person who in theory means nothing to him or her) and feel something. There is mystery and hope in that.
Michelle. Preview of more to come.
Working on posting more portraits like this soon over on my main site. From a session on the beach with Tiffany + Hans.
Still life in studio. Photos I made after teaching a class to students about lighting and still life — was inspired to come home with leftover objects and make a few images of mine in studio.
Last year at a friend’s family cabin. #polaroid #fuji #ZaacPick
Happy birthday, Dad! Love you and am so grateful for you.
Frost Walk. Early 2013