I have just read an essay entitled Photography is Easy, Photography is Difficult by Paul Graham, it was written for the Yale MFA photography graduation book. I think this short piece of writing captures the doubts and excitement that exist inside me as a photographer (in a varied, shifting balance), the questions, the worries, the rushes of joy, belief and creativity.
as Paul Graham writes (about making a photographic body of work):
Then one day it will be complete enough to believe it is finished. Made. Existing. Done. And in its own way: a contribution, and all that effort and frustration and time and money will fall away.
from 'American Night' by Paul Graham
While I worked on making the photographs at the Tower of London I would tend to use music to help me get back in to the mind set that I liked to work in. At the time I was listening to a lot of music by Max Richter, Will Oldham, as well as some of the soundtrack work of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. I have created a short playlist on Spotify of some of the music I was listening to while making the photographs. If you have Spotify installed on your computer (its free and safe) this link will add the playlist to your computer for you to listen to.
Other Histories – http://open.spotify.com/user/jammchris/playlist/6lfucvC3v8ykm4iIledODH
Today I have updated my website to include 6 of the photographs from the Tower of London residency.
One of the things I get asked most about concerning my photography seems to be why I don’t use digital. It looks like I’m not alone, although Jack White is probably more extreme than I am, in part I agree with what he says:
“I want to be part of the resurgence of things that are tangible, beautiful and soulful, rather than just give in to the digital age,” he explains. “But when I talk to people about this they just say, ‘Yeah, I know what you mean,’ and stare at their mobiles. The general vibe I get is: ‘Quit being a drag. We’re progressing here.'”
The whole article can be read here and you can hear Jack White’s new band Dead Weather here
Recently I have been playing with my digital video camera and Apples iMovie on a project I’ve called Shore. Its become a sort of escape from my usual photographic process and Im not entirely sure where Im going with it, but Im enjoying it. If i ever get a completed end-result I will post it on the blog in the future.
Today I found this small film called ‘Stranded in Canton‘ that William Eggleston made on an early video camera.
If the link doesnt work you can find it here on the NY times website.
I’ve mentioned Eggleston before on this blog and i’m still amazed at how much like William Burroughs he sounds.