I'm collecting contributions for the first issue of The Streets, and I'm already being influenced by the work of other photographers. It's so interesting to see what other people SEE. Today when I went downtown, I noticed buildings, signage and posters more often. And I saw more layers to scenes. I can't wait to show you The Streets and find out what it helps you to see. (Coming June 15)
I'm feeling the need to focus my street photography into something. And to foster more connections between the viewer and the subject. And to help some people in the process.
So, I'm kicking around the idea of a digital magazine...maybe one day in print. A magazine with collaborations from other street photographers. A magazine with style and art and stories from the streets.
A magazine that could foster connections between different worlds and offer different perspectives on the same issues.
My husband thinks I'm absolutely insane.
And I respect his opinion.
But I'm still considering it...
What do you think?
I was inspired by Basquiat to finish an art project I started in January. I originally made this -
It incorporates wallpaper samples and magazine photos of Solange Knowles and Melanie Laurent. But it just looks like a mood board. I felt it needed words. I started playing around with "What is Beauty?" I've been writing down questions and phrases for months. Today, I was inspired by Basquiat to finish.
It says -
What is beauty? Abstract aesthetic. Mathematical equation. Sensible image of the infinite. Is beauty real? Soak it in. Long exposure. Fragmented glimpse. Does beauty change? Depth of life. Interestingness. Cycle of growth, decay, death. The bloom of time. Can beauty be ugly? Distorted by need. Bored. Can ugly be beautiful? Undeclared. Aching poetry in patina. The profundity of the natural. What is the point of beauty? History deeper than our own. Resonating with the heart and hands of the maker.
What do you think beauty is?
If you have ever had an inclination to visit the High Museum in Atlanta, you should do it now.
The portrait above is made out of tiny toys. Vic Muniz is so prolific at using so many different materials to create art - toys, marinara sauce, diamonds, sand, sugar, trash. He is interested in the moment when everyday objects transform into something else as you step away from the art piece.
Thousands of tiny photographs become...
...a birthday party. He said that he has been accused of using "unconventional materials", but really he uses the most conventional materials available.
But he does take the materials farther than anyone has previously imagined (except maybe every small child with a plate of spaghetti). He hired a sky writer to draw "cartoon" clouds over city skylines and then photographed them -
He hired a scientist to help him draw pictures with a laser onto a SINGLE grain of sand and then photographed the picture through a microscope. You have to see it in person.
While Vic Muniz's art seems so planned, Jean-Michel Basquiat's art seems "train of thought".
There are notebooks filled with incomplete thoughts. Ideas. Words. Phrases. Even words that are incomplete. It has inspired me to play more with words. But out of all of it, I found this photograph of Basquiat by Warhol the most riveting -
You will not be able to leave these exhibits without thoughts of what you can do...
I can always hear him coming.
And yesterday when I was taking his picture, I realized I've photographed him 4 different times.
Always listening to music. Always on his skateboard. It looks like he's growing out the blond, so one day he may be less recognizable. I'll just listen for his sound.