Critique day is fast approaching, and I just wanted to give people a heads-up about the slight direction change in my project. As I said during our initial presentation, I really needed to see the images I shot over the summer before I clarified my project direction. Well, I’ve developed all of the black and white rolls I shot over the summer (about 8), and an additional 4 that I’ve shot in the past few weeks. I have sent out all the slide and color rolls I shot this summer for processing, but unless there’s something radically different and compelling about those images, I’m pretty well set on black and white.
The most notable change in direction for this year is that I have (at least for now) stepped away from the idea of physically layered images/transparencies in favor of in-camera layering with multiple exposures. I think my images are compelling without adding other layers. I’ve also abandoned my focus on transitional states (that left with the idea of physical layering), and I am continuing to follow my interest in poetic image. I consider the work I am making now to be an invitation to pause. The abstraction in the photographs makes them more complicated and less easily deciphered. My mentor calls them, “quiet, but very insistent.” I think that is an apt description of the qualities that are emerging.
My research is rather broad at the moment, with the understanding that things will narrow and crystalize with continued work and time. The topics I am currently studying include: latency, affect, Constructivist psychology, temporality, phenomenology, intuition (snapshot), and poetics, as they all relate to photography. I am reading a lot of Walter Benjamin, Marcel Proust, Rolland Barthes, Susan Sontag, and Minor White. I am looking at a lot of contemporary Japanese photographers, including Hiroshi Sugimoto (In the Praise of Shadow), Miho Kajioka (As It Is), and Yasuteru Kasano (Zoetrope), as well as Niko Luoma, Alberràn Cabrera (Mouth of Krishna), J.K. Lavin (Standing on the Threshold), Rocky Schenck, Uta Barth, and Ralph Gibson (Somnambulist).