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On impromptu still life

I have started to feel that there is a pretty clear distinction between form and light. Experimenting with light is always fun and evolving but can sometimes get in the way of form, both in terms of actual form, physically, and in terms of representation. My old teacher in documentary photography at the university used to tell me focus less on composition and light and more on subject, or move on to fashion or advertising. (Hey kid, tell the story, don’t sell it!) Guess he might have had a point. At least in terms what suited me best.

From that I find it fun to take the light (so to speak) out of the picture and just do forms sometimes. Either as abstract sketching, or as just building a sculpture of whatever is in front of me. And sometimes just take a picture of that with my phone. Lets call it impromptu still life.

A lunch break in the darkroom

Procrastinating in a hotel room in Paris

While tidying up the studio

While making breakfast

While waiting for my film to rinse

on darkroom Friday

I love when you get a whole day in the darkroom. It happens less and less frequently. Coffee, a good playlist (today is a blue day ). Im about 300 prints into a new project all shot on film. The old Mamiya RZ, Tri-x and Ilford fibre paper. Its so soothing. Here are some random previews from my phone.

on the year of the flood

I tend to read a lot. It comes with traveling I guess. Lately I have been reading a lot of Margaret Atwood. It started with Surfacing, which is brilliant, and has led to her trilogy Oryx & Crake, The year of the flood, and Maddadam, which I am reading right now. All her works that I have read so far asks a lot of questions about nature. And our relationship to nature.

I was thinking about that when I shot these last week. And on what nature could be without us.