You named your show ‘182 Days’— can you go into a bit of detail about that ?
The name comes from the time spent on completing the show and book, approximately six months. For me the essence of photography is inherently of the moment (no pun intended) and in putting this together I was attempting to have as much control and do the most possible before I took each photo. It’s a shift from reactionary based work to execution of ideas both new and slept on, the name represents that thought process.
You’re also an Art Director, which I think is valuable in helping you formulate the aesthetic, and visual language/communication in your photos— tell us a bit more about that.
The biggest thing I’ve learned from working in that field is how to get my head out of my ass. Breaking your own personal taste moulds is almost impossible, but appreciating things or understanding them as successful versions of what they set out to be is a most valuable skill. It doesn’t have to be for you but it’s for someone, this has allowed me to turn around and make my own work while having empathy for the viewer, to me that awareness is the heart of art direction and appealing to others.
Your work also encompasses many different styles, themes, and subject matter, yet it all still feels very coherent. How do you go about capturing this ‘feeling’ in these varying environments ?
I think there’s a bunch of stuff that contributes to that result, some things out of my control. To name a few I’d say honing my personal guidelines concerning subject matter, being extra critical of my own work, gear choices, film cost, trying to get the most out of a negative etc. Due to film cost one of the biggest parts of my work is deciding whether or not to take the photo or remember the moment, this directly influences keeping my subject matter consistent.
What other projects are you working on and what else is on the horizon ?
I’m currently conceptualizing the follow up to this show for later this year, and working on the beginnings of a larger scale book project/exhibit on a more focused central theme. I also hope to create more work in some of the themes I’ve presented in ‘182 Days’ and as always I’m plugging away with my pals over at GENEVIèVE.