W.Three // Rethinking Photographers //

 Manufacturers and Developers

In relation to your own practice and professional activity:

What is the impact of ever changing technology

I think we live in a world where the novelty of photography is still very much present as it was back when it was becoming more accessible in our daily lives. We just happen to live in a time that gives us the ability to build cameras that we can carry around with us, cameras that can produce still and motion all in one - which leads us to produce more images and spend more money on the ever changing gadget, which seems to lead the consumer to believe that there is a need to constantly update, because I feel some believe its the technology that makes the photographer.

What challenges has this presented you with?

When I first made the leap into the digital photography from the analogue world I did get overwhelmed with the amount of other photographers out there. It was daunting and a big investment, to begin with, but after committing to it and realizing I still had something to offer as a photographer and did not have to give up shooting analouge it was less overwhelming.

How have you embraced (or rejected) changing technology?

Though I have not given up shooting analouge, I have embraced digital and what comes with it.

How do you think the way cameras are marketed affects people’s perception of the value of professional photography?

I feel that some people will buy a camera (or use one they have) because they see that as a better way to spend their money and take their our photos, thinking, again it’s the camera that makes the photographer, and sometimes it works out, but by doing that they dismissing the value of your time and skills as a photographer.

I think that point of view will always be around, and I feel that it spreads beyond photography. There are a lot of people do understand the value of the professional photographer and are willing to invest.


The Filters of Citizen Journalism

(extended/edited form the discussion)

Personally, I have a lot of mixed emotions when it comes to this topic.

One part of me goes back to photographer Chase Jarvis saying " The best camera is the one you have" Which I think is true, even if it's a phone. 

I very much enjoyed reading about Damon Winters choice and reasons for using his phone, not only did he capture images that he would not have with a larger camera, but he was able to notice things about his own practice.

I think sometimes as photographers we have to put our egos aside and put the story first, and that sometimes can be a challenge. The fact we have technology that allows us to add a bit of our own style using this medium I think is a bonus.

I do have a hard time with how saturated the world of Instagram and other social media platforms are, and not everyone tells an honest story, or rather the story can be very one sided and we have the ability to curate how we want to see the world, which leads us to see/follow the people that have views, that seem to solely aline with one view of the world which I feel adds to more conflict.

The upside to these platforms and the accessibility to phone and digital cameras, is that it feeds into that a part of our humanity that wants to connect and explore other places and cultures, and hopefully at times provides a glimpse into other worlds that inspire us or help understand that we are not that different.


W.TWO // Interdisciplinary Approaches //

Other Than Photography

I have recently discovered the work of Afton love and when I did it instantly struck a chord with me. 

Her work reflects on our connections with the natural world and there is a truth beyond us, and that it is changing as much as we are. I really appreciate that she immerses herself into these landscapes and produces work in multiple disciplines, that can be intricate and labour intensive, yet when finally presented has a beautiful simplicity fills you with wonder.

Afton love

Afton Love // https://aftonlove.com/section/435721-drawing.html

Afton Love // https://aftonlove.com/section/435721-drawing.html

With my work, I have always wanted to have some form of human elemet present, whether it be a person, an item of clothing... a building left to the elements etc, and want to convey similar ideas about how we connect and use our surrounds as a  reflection of ourselves. 

I'm intrigued by how people live their lives and what they leave behind after we have built up the world we want to live in, and a part of me has always wanted to dive deeper into the impact this has on the natural world and the effects it has on future generations. 


Refection

This week was a little harder than I thought it would be but useful, mostly because I have been reflecting a lot on old work, on what/who I was inspired by and how I took that inspiration and used it to communicate within my own work.

I have noticed there has always been two layers to my work. One layer is inspired by artists such as Rauschenberg which ties into my desire to relay current happenings of the world around me, not just in a visual sense, but more as a reaction and a way to communicate a mood through texture colour and photo.

The second layer is the desire to create simpler images, that still reflects my point of view with the same depth I indent those layers to create. Collin Hughes and Emma Elizabeth Tillman have been my biggest inspiration lately.

Both, in my opinion, are connected to their surroundings and deliver intriguing, relatable and beautiful images that draw you in.

Katy // Taos 2018

Katy // Taos 2018

Creede, CO // 2017

Creede, CO // 2017

2017 was when I really started to think about moving in this direction and started to simplify my images. it has been harder at certain times, epically when the perfectionist in me has not been satisfied.


W.ONE // POSITIONS & PRACTICE // GLOBAL IMAGE

A World Wide Medium 

Do you see any parallels between the historic spread of photography and the transmission of digital imagery today? 

Can you think of any problems associated with the speed at which the photograph moves?

I often think about how photography has been used in the daily lives of people since it became an accessible medium that most anyone can use as a form of expression and documentation. 

In my opinion, photography, to this day still has a grasp on us the way it did when in the 1800s and I feel that, it is very much human nature to want to share our lives be it curated, an honest documentation or a projection of a lifestyle that we want to be associated with, with people within and outside of our social groups.

The difference today is that we have the technology that allows us to produce and consume images faster than before that the value and impact of the image, I feel can sometimes be missed. Which makes the subject of the photo easy to be overlooked or misunderstood.  


Windows on the world

What do you make of the mirror and window analogy?

As a practitioner do you identify more closely with one or the other?

As a photographer I use my work mostly as a window.  I have always been interested in using my camera as a way of communicating from day one. My interest came mostly out of a desire to connect with my family, friends, and myself. I was born in the US and raised in the south of England, two very different worlds that I wanted to understand each other, and photography was a very natural way for me to form that connection, by capturing small parts of that daily life from each side.

I still aim to do that with my work now, but I realize that the photo you want to create as a window, is very much a reflection of the situation you create as the photographer.

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A gathering to say goodbye to my father in law, who passed away a few months before. // June 2016 // Wyoming USA.