Continuing with a second post on the questions asked to photographers in the book: PhotoWork: Forty Photographers on Process and Practice (Aperture, edited by Sasha Wolf).
7. How do you know when a body of work is completed?
In earlier days this was very tough for me. Mostly I didn't and often was so into a particular way of seeing and working I didn't want to give it up. I also often was depressed when a series was done and hadn't found something new yet. This is better now as I am more disciplined and also more familiar with the ups and downs of my particular way of making art.
8. Have you ever had a body of work that was created in the editing process?
Yes, perhaps this is most pervasive in editing aerial work. Over hundreds of frames shot each time I go up, it isn't until I am editing files that I get to see what I've done then work to bring cohesion by choosing various streams or series.
9. Do you associate your work with a particular genre of photography? If yes, how would you define that genre?
Modernist and minimalistic. I was born just post-WW II and much of that era's design, architecture, art and music had a large influence on me.
10. Do you ever revisit a series that has already been exhibited or published to shoot more and add to it?
11. Do you ever revisit a series that has already been exhibited or published and reedit it?
12. Do you create with presentation in mind, be that a gallery show or a book?
Sometimes. It can't help play with your head when a prestigious show is on the books a year or two down the line. Will this be in, will this new work make it into the show, will I need to print these differently, larger or smaller? Often, with my work, I can't make a book that shows all of each series for it would be too big.
Again, thank you to Sasha Wolf for her editing of PhotoWorks and to Aperture for publishing it.
If you enjoyed this post check out the first one: PhotoWorks
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