2016 In Review, Upcoming Plans 2017
Last year was a doozy.
At the beginning of last year, I committed myself to 100 days of photography and writing about the images. I always took at least one shot. I didn't always get them up online or write about them. One thing led to another and I started a Patreon focusing on film and alternative photographic processes. Still...my artist statement never made it online. The posts that made it into the world were about minutiae more than anything worth while. It's embarrassing and frustrating to have that be my base for my work. At the same time, it's incredible to see how much my style has improved over the year by staying focused on a particular goal. Being able to quantify growth with something tangible is comforting.
I admit, my work may have began with an interest in minutiae but it grew into a powerful series experimenting with concepts of memory.
Confabulation became the theme of my year. You can see it in how my images, once clean and precise, begin to double expose, morph, and become like memory itself. Emotional, fuzzy, grainy. Full of mystery and mistakes.
Behold: the clear, pretty image of Vincent in October 2015:
Vs. The wild mystery of Vincent in September 2016.
Perhaps it was a better understanding of who he is or a better understanding of who I am that made the images better.
In 2017, I am promising more film and more sustenance.
Happy New Year.
Keywords: 100 days of photography, 120, and, artists, black, double, exposure, film, holga, sky, utah, white, wonder
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