I wasn’t really expecting to make a “sequel” to this particular topic in this series, but i’ve been doing a bit more thinking about this idea since the first post.
There’s an interesting thought process that the wonderful Todd Hido has with his work that I’ve recently begun to bring into my own. In an artist talk at the School of the Visual Arts in New York City that I watched on YouTube a short while back, he mentioned how he has folders and folders of differing subjects (such as his famous nighstcape suburban photographs). He often peruses those folders and finds similar things coming up, and makes connections and realizes ‘oh, look at that, maybe i can make a book out of this.’
I’m not going to lie, that’s kind-of a butchered version of what he said in his talk. However, he did reveal that he’s a big fan of Kendrick Lamar, which is honestly pretty fantastic.
When doing the first in-progress critique of my current work (I’m refusing to use the term “project” for now), my classmates in my advanced photo class pointed out some intriguing things that came up within all of the photographs.
I eluded to this previously, so I’m not going to go into full detail quite yet.
This particular phenomenon is what happens whenever a major step in “conjuring the project” is made.
Last night, I did a lot of thinking about the kind of work I’ve been doing lately. How I'm thinking about a few different ideas all at once and making photographs that utilize those different ideas. I’ve stopped looking at these photographs as one project, but rather just work I’m making that could be one, two, or even three separate projects.
That’s the beauty of being a contemporary landscape photographer — there aren’t really any “rules” you need to follow. You place limitations on yourself to make sure your work is consistent, but still pushing your work beyond where you are right now.
Every artist eventually finds the “umbrella” idea that motivates them to make their work. I’m inching closer and closer to what that is for me. And who knows, maybe there will be another blog post about that sometime soon (let’s be real — that’s definitely going to happen).