From the ongoing personal project entitled ‘The Myth of Solace'
As a fine art photographer I set out to create emotive and evocative images with an emphasis on natural lighting and the human form. When I am in engaged in creating self-portraits I aim to be as authentic and vulnerable as possible in front of the camera. Similarly, when I photograph others I attempt to reach a place of self-honesty with the person, and photographs flow organically from that process. As an artist I am interested in and moved by the sensuality of light, form and the power of authenticity.
When I made this image I was coming off of a long period where I was working nonstop and had had no time to make pictures. I am an extremely visual and visceral person, and so not being able to make photographs manifested itself in constant flashes of photos in my head and this was the one that stuck out to me the most. I felt malnourished and sort of shipwrecked in a sense. And terribly feral. So when a Saturday came around where I had a couple of free hours I launched into make this image. There is something to be said about focused, passionate work regardless of the final product. I remember the afternoon when I made this and it felt like nothing else mattered. I could see nothing but the process and the how everything would come together. I was feral in both the making of the photograph and the final product. I lost track of time and hunger and just dove head first into image-making. Instinctual. I got covered in dirt and looked a bit foolish to my neighbors, but I loved every second. There are things I would change about it still, but I will focus all of that energy into my future work. For now, this is what I needed to make that day.
This is a bit different from my street work. I took a break from shooting self-portraits for awhile there as it got a bit cold and I missed the current of the street and experiencing absolutely everything in terms of being a photograph. About three years later I’m still working on a 365 project of self-portraits. Ha. I’m on #78. Eventually it’ll get done. And then I’ll keep going. Sometimes its just good to change gears and go in a different direction for a bit.