BO: I’m not working on any specific projects right now, just my ongoing explorations into the built environment and how we interact with it.
JC: What has 2011 got in store for you?
BO: Nothing is scheduled yet, but hopefully I will get to take a trip somewhere new to make some work. I need to see something that looks different than the east coast of the USA (which I haven’t left in a long time). This winter has been especially brutal. Any place warm and sunny would do right now. I’m also starting to shoot a bit of still life (instead of the large scale spaces I normally photograph) but that’s still in the early stages of the game.
JC: What initially drew you to photography?
BO: I went to school for architecture, but was terrible at the physics side of it. it’s the only class I’ve ever failed. I was still interested in the built environment though so I turned to photographing it.
JC: What do you think the future of photography looks like?
BO: It’s all changing so fast. who knows what the future will look like? There was a time in the recent past when polaroid made instant slide film (how crazy is that?!) now they don’t exist at all. I hope film (and the labs necessary to process it) can stick around a while longer. I’d like to see it make a come back in the commercial world, but I doubt it’ll happen. It’s becoming more and more a niche type of thing. I haven’t shot a job on film in over a year. I miss the process a lot. I don’t ever see myself feeling sentimental about digital cameras or spending time in front of a computer, but I love my view camera and peeling apart a polaroid will always be exciting.
JC: Any emerging artists inspiring you lately?
BO: nobody specific, but there’s always great work on the humble arts site.
JC: Any words of wisdom to recent photography graduates?
BO: Find a mentor out in the real world doing what you have aspirations to do. There’s a huge disconnect between what you learned in school and what you need to know to survive in the real world. the technical side of photography is easy. It’s the making a living at it part that is hard.
When Jen introducedLaugarás, she wrote: It’s peaceful and epic at the same time. The color palette of the sky, the grass and the windblown horse are subtle and soft, and their beauty is enhanced by the richness of the muddy earth in the foreground… It’s one of those pictures that makes me want to tell a million stories…
Breiðdalsvík, Iceland, too, inspires tales of adventure, of travels past and future. The promise of impossibly fresh air, infinite horizons, dewy, flower-flecked grass and endless expanses of green all spark wanderlust. Like the lone horse in Laugarás, Iceland, the slide in Breiðdalsvík inhabits a surreal landscape, made all the more unbelievable by the presence of the slide itself—seemingly randomly settled in the middle of nowhere, it invites anyone and everyone who happens upon this place to play. As we return to the day-to-day, Breiðdalsvík enables inescapable daydreaming—the surest sign of the unofficial start of summer.