Yesterday I presented the latest iteration on Lost In-Between to fellow students at PCNW presenting final works. All of the work were fun to see (though some were challenging), thought-provoking, and exciting to hear people talk about what drove them.
Yesterday I wrestled one last time with the roughly 3000 photos I took for this project as I did an edit pass and printed six images. I realized at some point that the photos and the project are about finding a way to connect with the rural America that at times I drive past without thought, a world where day-to-day struggles are real and hope is at times fleeting. The project is about seeing beauty in a different way and trying, striving, to make a visual presentation that reflects the hidden hope in the face of dark economic and social realities that have fallen on middle america. I still haven’t visually realized this aspiration, but I am lurching forward a little at a time each time I shoot, edit, print, and share.
Visually I’m channeling the modern photographers Gregory Crewdson and the Park-Harrisons, and to some extent 20th century photographer Minor White, while harkening to mid-nineteenth century american romantic landscape movement personified in the likes of Thomas Cole, Winslow Homer, and Frederic Edwin Church (which is odd, given that I don’t like the art from that era very much).
My work isn’t in the same universe as any of the artists listed above, but in time, inch by inch, who knows…
I will keep facing this project off and on going forward. I there may still be one or two more images I’ll work on from the 3000 images I’ve already taken, but as of the moment I need to move forward. I have at least three very specific shoots in mind and will continue to scout and shoot to keep the pipeline full.