This series has been ongoing for years, though I haven’t made a new image for this series in quite awhile. If you saw my recent post on inspiration, well, you see I’ve been stuck – regarding new series and anything ongoing. Sigh…
Anyway, let’s talk about this series a little bit. As with most of my series, I tend to piece things together after much shooting and just seeing what connects. Or in this case, I had made an image that felt different than most of my work but that I liked. At the time, I’m pretty sure I just saved it in a folder that was a kind of a “we’ll see if this goes anywhere” situation. Here’s that shot which is the lead shot of my series in this book.
Over one year later I made another shot that felt similar and there’s where the connections begin to be made.
This shot was not in the book, I didn’t submit it. I like it but felt others were stronger for a trilogy type of grouping. Which you see here.
The three in the book are probably my favorites of the series. However, without that second shot, not sure a series would have ever developed. As I mentioned, I tend to piece things together after the fact, once the shots are made. I think most photographers either create series in this way or have an idea first and shoot to fulfill this idea. For some reason, my brain doesn’t really work this way. I’ve only ever made a series this way once. I don’t think one way is superior to the other, really just a matter of how you think and go about making sense of the world and the way you see it and want to present it to others.
Then there’s the whole dreadful task of having to put words to the series. Honestly, I despise this part of the process. Anytime I attempt this it feels like some kind of BS or rambling mess. I often fall back on taking a quote that I feel fits the aesthetic and/or idea I’m trying to convey. For this, I landed on this quote:
There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds. -Gilbert K. Chesterton
Then, I ended up working with a writer to take my rambling thoughts and turn them into something cohesive and far more eloquent than I could ever conjure. So, here’s that project statement:
In the city, we tend to keep our heads down; these photos invite us to look up. It’s not always obvious what’s sky, what’s glass, or which way is up. Steel grids simultaneously order and distort the view, as windows become mirrors, the natural and the manmade jostle for space, and the imposing structures that usually block out the sky become a way to see it once again.
Now, maybe this is the motivation I need to get out and look for more additions to this series or, better yet, find something new to excite me!