– Why a photo of a photo?
– Why Polaroids?
– Why the sitters own handwriting?
I see these as three of the main questions I will get while being critiqued, and while I’m not yet sure if I can answer them now, they will be in the back of my mind as I move forward.
I’ve also been thinking about ‘why’ I’m doing this project at all, besides the personal background story that put this project into motion. From that experience I’ve become interested in the difference between the desired last words of someone, and what happens in reality… which is often of little or no consequence, simple and unrelated to any prolific statement regarding legacy. Many people probably have grand ideas about how they want to be remembered, or what they want their final statement to be – but it is often far from what they actually end up leaving behind.
I’ve been looking at the work of Anne Collier, Sophie Calle, Leslie Hewitt and I’m continuing to look at the Humans of New York project for inspiration. I’ve also recently looked back at images from DISCARDED by Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova, who I have been in contact with about techniques for approaching subjects in the street as well as getting advice for interview questions. All these photographers work with street photography, photo-of-a-photo work, and interview-like projects – all of which have been very helpful for formulating ideas.