This was the image I saw on my instagram feed that made me want to read about Stephanie Taiber's work. It's so simple, looking like a snapshot a printmaker would take of their studio. But I was grabbed by this image, pulled into this portal of pigment pinned against a stark wall. The shadow from the blinds alludes to the passing of time as do most rays of light and give this image a fleeting quality. Taiber leans into this by having another image of the same scene but the light has shifted. I prefer this single image more than the diptych. This was an image that felt relatable and lead me to discover more about Taiber.
-Ok this has been in my drafts for a while so let's try and glean something from this.
-Ok it's now been over a year since I last touched this. I feel a lot of my initial thoughts have changed but the over all premiss I still stand by.
Sandip Kuriakose is a New Delhi artist working in photographic collage to discuss issues of intimacy and queer culture (in India specifically). I stumbled upon their work while browsing SFC and was drawn to this still life aesthetic that is focused on showing the artist's hand.
I just finished a course paper on the self portrait work of Jack Pierson and that paper left me with many more feelings than I was able to put into 4 pages. Don't worry I won't be writing 4 more pages but I did want to take this opportunity to think about white masculinity as it relates to portrait photography.
I've been meaning to start a collection of writings about different articles I read about photography for two reasons: One, to get me to read more about photography; and two, to improve my writing about photography. I was debating whether or not to make these writings public in a platform like a blog or keep them in a personal journal but I decided that if people were interested enough to look at my work, then maybe they'd be interested enough to read my thoughts. As a disclaimer: I am by no means a professional critic or writer but that doesn't stop me from writing my opinions (though it probably should). I view this as something low commitment and as an exercise but I would love to have these spark some discussion amongst people. Ok with all that being said, let's talk about Rob Fatal.