Research question

Summer is always a quiet time blog-wise--schedules are less, well, scheduled, we're out of the house more and right now I'm focusing on shooting and working on a new magazine and book. Speaking of which, I have a research question: what bits of consumerism ca. 1985 make you feel the most visceral sense of nostalgia (e.g. Rubik's cube, Ouija board, Brady Bunch reruns, E.T., etc.) Would love stories around the memories--one of mine is swimming all day at the local pool, coming home sunburned (in the olden times before copious SPF use) and showering with Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific shampoo (remember that stuff?) followed by Tame conditioner. Afterwards I'd sit on the sunporch with my hot burned skin cooling under the ceiling fan and watch TV as it got dark out. I need to find a bottle of Tame (it's now discontinued) and have myself a madeleine moment (see Involuntary Memory).


A Book of Beds

One of my images is included in Foam Magazine's recently released publication A Book of Beds. If you're so inclined you can browse their other publications here. Thanks, Foam!


The Chain

Stuart Pilkington was kind enough to ask me to participate in his latest project "The Chain" which went live a couple of days ago (my contribution is above). I loved having an assignment--structure and deadlines are always a nice change of pace. Here's the gist of the project, from the website:

Stuart invited 107 photographers from around the globe to participate in the project at the beginning of 2011. And in February 2011 each photographer submitted a title/instruction to inspire a photograph by another person in the project. The photographers were connected like links in a chain. They were asked to respond to the title set by the person directly behind them. The title they set was directed to the photographer directly in front of them. For example, Elizabeth Gordon responded to the title set by Andrea Chu. Hiroshi Watanabe responded to the title set by Elizabeth Gordon. Harry Borden responded to the title set by Hiroshi Watanabe. And so on and so on.

My title was "The shadow of a doubt" (provided by Beth Dow) which I found very inspiring, and quite relevant as my newest series has some darker undercurrents, with things lurking below the surface and all that jazz. Today I was online researching poltergeists and their relationship to repressed adolescent emotion and got myself good and creeped out (it's not as pretentious as it potentially sounds--hopefully...). I have an idea of where it's all going and I'm in that stage where things that seemed only loosely related are starting to make sense as a whole.

As far as the title I assigned is concerned ("take a picture of something you hate"), I wish I hadn't been so literal--I think I literally took the assignment to come up with a title too literally. Har har. After reading all of the other titles I realize in retrospect that there was a real opportunity to be more experimental with it. All the more so since Colin Blakely was my assignee (is that a word?) and the titles for his own work are full of meaning; for example the image below--which I've always loved--is called "Recollection of the Battles Fought Maintaining the Home Front": 

© Colin Blakely

And above is the "thing he hates" which I think he should try christening with a title of his own making.

P.S. Stupid Blogger is making my formatting all wonky, apologies.