We’re already half-way through January. How did that happen? Regardless, I thought I’d make a quick post about my aims for 2020 in the hope it will keep me accountable. I’ve decided to keep it simple this year.
2019 was a weird year.
I spent a large proportion of it staring into the bottom of a beer can. I was deeply unhappy with who I was and what I was and wasn’t doing. I hated the world and everything in it. Everything was wrong and it needed to change. I was angry and I demanded answers. I was clawing for them, grasping wildly for anything that would help.
I didn’t come up with the title to this blog, I don’t know who said it, but I think it was one of those ancient Chinese philosopher dudes. It makes sense I think. I haven’t done anything photography related for so long now. On the odd occasion when I have picked up the camera I’ve found that my eyes are rusty and I don’t see the world like I used to. Photos used to be everywhere, and now they’re not. You gotta keep flexing those muscles if you want them to be strong, and I have most definitely not been flexing. Along with not taking pictures, I haven’t been writing either. I figured I’d write something in the hope it would light a bit of a fire under me.
I’ve been working on a zine lately and I’ve been thinking a lot about my photos. I am trying to be more project orientated. When Faye suggested we go to Caernarfon Castle this weekend I figured it’d be a good time to get away from the computer and working on zines to actually get out and shoot a little. Now a Welsh castle isn’t really my usual photographic stomping ground, but it doesn’t hurt to mix things up and exercise the eye muscles.
Yes, I finally got around to doing another interview. I’m just lazy ok. Plus I’ve been in a rut lately and I don’t think forcing an interview is the best way to treat my guests. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. This one took way too long to finish up, sorry Blake!
Anyway, Blake Andrews is a photographer based in Oregon, USA. He’s a quite prolific in terms of how much he shoots, he does it all on black and white film, his style is very eclectic and he’s been photographing the same patch for a very long time. I was particularly interested to talk to him because of the seemingly endless series of ruts I’ve been going through lately, and I don’t think I’ve interviewed anyone yet that has been shooting for upwards of 20 years. I thought it’d be good to get his thoughts on how he treats the inspiration/rut cycle that a lot of us seem to suffer from. We also discussed the future of In-Public after two members left because they deemed a photo of Blake’s to be inconsistent with their personal definition of street photography.
I’ve been having a hard time with photography lately. I just don’t really want to shoot right now. I figured writing about it might help me understand it a little better.
Time for another interview! Kyle Myles is a photographer I’ve been following for a while now. I have particularly been impressed with his style of personal documentary and his playful compositions are often complex, layered and dynamic. I talked to him about his approach to photography, his favourite photo books, documenting his family, and how his classic style developed.
I realise I am a bit late to the party here, I meant to type this up during my Christmas break but life got in the way. While I was off work I was busy painting our kitchen, and since decorating is super boring, I got thinking about my failures and achievements during 2017. I guess the easiest way to do this is to look back at my new year’s resolutions from last year and see what I can tick off the list. So here goes nothing.
I recently took some time out to speak with someone I’ve been wanting to interview for a long time. Sean Lotman is a California-born photographer now based in his adopted home of Kyoto, Japan. He is one of the most unique photographers I know. It is rare to call a photographer unique these days, but I think that Sean’s work truly merits that description. His dedication to film photography and colour darkroom printing is awe-inspiring, and the resulting photos are sheer masterpieces. There is a lot of controversy about whether photography can be described as ‘art’ but I think in Sean’s case it is hard to argue that it is anything but.
As I am sure you are aware by now, I have been in the process of releasing my first zine ‘All We Have Is Now’ recently. I figured I might as well share my experiences and tips with you in case it is helpful to anyone else who’s thinking of releasing a zine of their own. I have a feeling this will be a fairly long post, so let’s get down to business.