Doc Photo Final Critique, 20 16x20 images.
I set out to prove that documentary doesn’t mean bland. Critiques have told me that I have a definite style, that I know how to craft an image, but what exactly does that mean?
More high contrast action?
More juxtaposition of urbanized landscape with skateboarders?
In the age of a constant stream of images, how do yours stand out? Every image or creative representation we’re seeing on a daily basis has a function. To be a creative in this society, the work has to possess some kind of spark, some kind of gravitational pull to keep your attention. Even to debase our position as creatives to just being content providers, what content do you provide that makes the world stop and want to know more? What makes your audience marvel at the view?
This project began with me wanting to be like Spike Jonze, Yoann Lemoine/Woodkid, David LaChapelle and other film makers and photographers I admire. I’m more inspired by cinematography and the moving image, so I try to blend them together to defeat the commodity of the stagnant form. The idea of documenting something shouldn’t be so stale because anybody can take photos, but not everybody can have a vision they want to portray. I want my work to look like just that, my work. I began this body of work wanting to mimic the style of the greats, but I was able to craft my own style into a definite form.
This project was a great experience in discovering the kind of work I make and how it resonates with an audience. It also reaffirmed to me that I need to keep creating what I want and the audience will adapt and relate to it once everything has culminated to a final product. I’m continuing with skate photography among other work since I’ve always enjoyed aestheticizing simplicity. It’s not a book yet, but it will be a small run of zines this summer and I’ll post selections from this body of work in the coming weeks.