I've been working on a series of work that investigates intimacy in public, taking the approach of social documentary. My camera has followed me to all kinds of places: shopping centres, cafés, clubs, town centres. I'm exploring themes of represenation, censorship and voyeurism. Some of the questions I'm hoping to raise are about how people show themselves, their interaction with other people, the pleasure we feel in 'invading' people's private space and the implications of the particular photographs I choose and how this could reflect something about the artist themselves.
It was difficult to begin with but the work has now developed to something more organic, something that I don't necessarily direct entirely but rather, observe. This is a continual process that I hope to finally display in a book with many contact sheets and final images. I'm really excited about the kinds of moments I have yet to capture - that they're, in a way, always going to have happened, I just need to be in the right place at the right time.
To my surprise, the images that I found myself in love with the most were the ones taken in a club. I had originally anticipated that they would be a demonstration of poor motor skills and face eating but what I actually found was that they depicted a much warmer, perhaps more truthful story. I really do love every quality about these images. I love the gorgeous noise that is so remisicient of organic film grain, I love that its dark, motion blurred and sometimes out of focus aesthetic is taking a step away from the sterile digital image. Though, aside from the formal elements, I have such an appreciation for some of these private spaces I have seen some people create, worlds that contain only the presence of another person, worlds that are not concerned with the rest of the noise outside of them. I realise that you may not feel the same way about these images yourself but I hope you get something from them because I guess that's what art is - experience.
As I said, I'm just going to continue to follow the direction the project seems to go in and I'll be sure to take plenty more photographs. If you're interested in social documentary then I implore you, check out Winogrand, Peter Turnley, Richard Renaldi, etc. There's a lot of work out there that explores these public settings which is very interesting. They're definitely sources of inspiration for me both in this project and in my general practice.
Anyway, I appreciate the time you've taken out of your day to read this, thank you. I'll be heading off to London soon to shoot some runways that are part of London Fashion Week so keep an eye out on my various social media outlets - I'll also be putting a post up here on my blog after the fact!