This month’s Going Beyond the Lens conversation series topic has been announced!
I’m actually pretty excited to learn about this one. Not only do both of my colleges have some really interesting art that relates tot shit topic but I am pretty sure the folks joining will have some insightful art to add to the mix.
If you are interested and want to join the free event here is the link to sign up!
These images were created in collaboration with Natalie Gamble. She had a brilliant light idea and together we utilized creative exploration to make it work.
During COVID I have dived into collaborative self portrait work. It took me a rather long time to pick up a camera. However I finally have and that’s what counts. I’ll be posting some of my endeavors here as I utilize creative exploration paired with all of the lighting skills I’ve learned over the years.
Since meeting Nick Fancher, I’ve wanted to work with him. What I like about his work is he has a distinct style and he uses photography as a space for creative exploration. For these reasons I decided to do a zoom shoot with him. The session was a lot of “what happens I do this?” which results in a lot of interesting and unique images.
He’s also a great teacher and writer. If you’d like to see more from the shoot and his work, check out his blog:
The #collabproject has brought together both folks I have worked with and some that I have not, from all over the globe. This project has reminded me of why I pursue art in the first place, collaboration. In my experience this means, each person brings something to the table and uses it as a starting point to build from. Many times the materials are the same or at the least very similar, but each session has produced different results. All the collaborators were provided with the same series of 25 images and each created something uniquely different.
This morning I decided to work on the Art Care Packages, before doing so I logged onto facebook to check in and noticed a message from a photographer I have only recently made acquaintance with. I’d came across his work when I served as judge for the Photo Shoot Awards. I immediately connected with the way his work uses the human form to evoke emotion so I sent a facebook friend request and message. Strangely, (due to the timing) this morning he shared this video to which I played in the background as I wrote out the notes portion of the Art Care Packages. Now, I am familiar with Maya Angelou and have read her book “I Know why the Cage Bird Sings.” but have not listened to this interview. Near the end of it she talks about her mother’s passing and how Maya granted her mother the ‘permission’ to pass on. It was an unexpected turn in the conversation and overtook me with emotion. It reminded me of the last conversation I’d had with my own mother. While I was not aware of what was to come, I now see that conversation in a whole new light. This project has given me a wonderful gift of making peace with the difficult feelings around the loss of a loved one through sharing. Thank you for sharing this with me.