For the past four years I have almost exclusively worked with lens-based and/or networked images as well as with written and performative forms of practice.
The move from media which starts with a blank page to one that starts with a fill-up viewfinder took a while to grasp, and I am curious to see what this reverse move will entail.
I want to use this post to update periodically on the boundaries and transitions between these media/forms.
Here is a sketchbook note from one of the last projects I undertook in drawing, at a point when I was already working with a camera. The entry is from 2013; and since last summer (2016) I have taken several notes that spoke about the struggles over subject-matter and the severity of subject matter that seems to prevail with my lens-based work (for the past 18 months lens-based mainly meant an analogue medium-format camera (Bronica SQA with several backs and lenses, with negatives then scanned and digitally post-processed; also some 35mm film as well as a camera phone, and much less use of a 4/3 digital Lumix G with several fixed lenses).
So, for the past few photographic projects I have rather purposefully tried to seek ways in which both a form of visual pleasure is present in the work while maintaining the seriousness of the content (often to do with violence, transgression, various forms of boundaries, concerns over public-private, family constellations and biographical work).
The projects are namely
- the line (assignment 4/5 of Digital Image and Culture)
- Der Grund (assignment 2 of Digital Image and Culture)
- These summer images (personal work)
- House Rosenberg (personal work)
- House (personal work, as well as part of used for Assignment 5 of Art of Photography); most of the project still only consists of private notes, pieces, this public blog however also exists: http://appr0ach.net