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W.Four // Collaboration // To Say Goodbye

This week I worked along side Blake Rhoades and Hannah Jones. We decided to produce a series of images that reflected Leonard Cohens’s “Hey, That is No Way To Say Goodbye”. The song expresses emotions of loss, distance and processing losing the one you love. 

We wanted to covey the thoughts and emotions of the protagonist by using multiple layers.

As we did not have much time, it was decided that we would each have a layer to produce images for. Hannah - the main portraits that would be the silhouettes, I had the lifestyle images that would reflect the mood, and Blake combined and add the textures.

 I feel that we came together quite seamlessly as a team, and I am impressed with the outcome of our project, especially considering we had such little time. 


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.


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.