Another photography inspiration this week. I’m mainly working on photography projects at the moment so accordingly it is this kind of imagery that is interesting me the most.
Anyway on to the photos; American photographer Mike Brodie left home as a teenager to ride the rails. He documented his travels and produced many beautiful images, such as the one shown above. I’ve never been much of a documentary photographer so I find I am always super impressed by anyone is talented in that field. Mike Brodies work is well worth seeking out beyond the images I have provided. His composition, portraits, use of colour and depictions of landscapes are inspiring to any photographer regardless of their usual subject matter.
Oh and the update: I have a job interview tomorrow. It is something that might be good for me on many levels so… fingers crossed.
I very recently became involved in a new artist collective based in London (more of that at a later date). Joanna Zylinska is a member of that collective as well as a photographer, lecturer, artist and writer.
I found her series ‘Will you ever go back?’ particularly intriguing. It is an exploration of our personal and emotional relationships with the home towns in which we are born and bred.
In her own words:
“What does it mean to want to return home? Or not to want to, for that matter? What do we take with us when we leave? What do we leave behind? Most importantly, is there much point in talking about returning if we haven’t yet established whether ‘leaving home’ is ever even an option?”
My work has taken a new direction recently. Both my commercial photography and art work is becoming more influenced by the notion of home and up bringing. I am particularly influenced by the idea of home being something that is always with us, whether we like it or not. Zylinska’s photography really captures that bittersweet familarity we all experience when encountered with the places we thought we had left, or the places we thought had left us.
Marcell by Roksana Mical
I spotted this series of Roksana Mical’s
work on Coilhouse
. Both images are from the series ‘Marcell’. I think they have a great feel to them as if they are depicting a folklore tale or a dream. I like the sense of progression through the images – like an important but very final journey is taking place. Recently memory and time have become quite influential concepts in my work and while doing my research imagery to do with travel and environment keep popping up. I can see that it is all going to mesh together eventually. I have a few new ideas for photoshoots too but I’m not sure if I feel quite so brave to actually do them…
Matriarch - 2000
This guys work has so much in common with Joseph Cornell. If I get chance I will write abit more about him. Until heres Jerry Jackson in his own words:
The context of the assemblages is rooted in the historical preservation of my childhood memories and youth in the rural South. The works often mimic events in my life and relationships between family and friends. Although I have moved beyond this rural lifestyle, I find it important to capture the elements that are quickly eroding from our society. We have become a fast paced society with totally disposable elements that seem to control our lives with a negative effect. I find it especially important to capture these elements for my daughter. It is important for her to understand her family history and the importance of the events that helped shape her life.Recent work has moved beyond the use of actual family members and is currently being based on photographs and writings of people who I do not know. Stories about the unknown subjects are strictly fictional and are influenced by my life and family. This has enabled me to expand concepts and aesthetic challenges. The context is important, but only for myself. I do not feel that it is necessary for the viewer to experience my emotions . My main concern for the viewer is that they experience an aesthetically pleasing and compositionally successful image. It is up to the viewer to make up his or her own story about each work.
Meatyards work is kind of frustrating for me because he always sems to get the balance right (and I dont haha). His work could look too cliched and gothic but somehow he manages to use grotesque imagery and get it to work. His work reminds me of Francesca Woodmans photography. However I find the content of his images that bit more interesting as he takes this poetic and dramatic style and applies it to the outside world rather than limiting it to an exploration of self.
Its sad to think his life ended at 47 – and that he rarely gets the recognition he deserves. Whether its because of his style or the fact he died so young there is a definite sense of something that is ephemeral or fleeting. Much like Woodmans imagery really.
A great article about him here (which is where I ‘borrowed’ these images from): http://www.utata.org/salon/20486.php