Beijing in Holden, Alberta?
I've seen fire and I've seen rain.
A forgotten place in a village along highway 14.
First couple of rolls of 35mm from the trip along highway 14.
What lies alongside the highway? To come out of a hypnotic state, one must stop to investigate the effects the landscape has upon the mind; investigating the landscape and the hypnosis that occurs while driving on the same stretch of highway for 40 years.
I have come across Josef Sudek's series entitled A Walk in the Garden of the Lady Sculptor.
An installation of 13 photographs by Josef Sudek (Czech 1896-1976) that demonstrate how Sudek intermittently embraced aspects that appealed to the notions of dream and the irrational. The remarkable photographs of Sudek invariably lead one to the realm of the enigmatic - even when he explored the streets of Prague, its sites, and the leisure time of its inhabitants, his images evoke dreams and mysteries. Sudek created a poignant world of lights and shadows in which his personal themes and variations converged into poetic cycles. Organized by the AGO.
I need to reflect and look into his work further. I am drawn to its abstraction and how his images evoke dreams and mysteries.
A couple images from the end of summer. Photographing people as subjects is something that I've never been very interested in. Maybe it's because of growing up in areas that are underpopulated.
Working from all corners of the frame to communicate as much information as possible.
Thinking about titles and themes to explore for my MFA photography project. I like the idea of "Internal Gaze" and how it could relate to highway hypnosis, isolation, dreams, etc. I'm also reading up on Prairie madness.
I dreamt I was walking in the forest. I witnessed a newborn gosling trying to waddle. I continued on my way and came across a dog who couldn’t walk up the wet and muddy path. He clung to me and we reached the top together.
I dreamt that Martha died and I missed her funeral. I was looking for my coat at a store that I lost while shopping.
You have to imagine people exist.
Samson and Delilah
This idea of spaces without people continues to fascinate me. Is this something that has influenced me because I live in a place of the world that feels very isolating??
They were free for the taking. Hung in the alleyway from someone's fence.
Using hypnosis instead of novocain, a pedodontist prepares a patient for dental treatment
The above quote was taken from National Geographic: Mysteries of the Brain. I am curious how using statues, lawn ornaments and mannequins replace the absence of people in my photos.