Blogging again: Perspectives on Place


Back in the blogging saddle again!  In the guise of trying to prepare for graduate program number two I’ve been doing some fun reading, which has led to even more fun image creation.  Perspectives on Place: Theory and Practice in Landscape Photography by J.A.P. Alexander has been a great blessing in disguise for me.  I picked this book up at the 2016 SPE conference in Las Vegas earlier this year, having never seen it and also realizing the potential it had to guide me along this creative path I’m on.

The pages within spew forth so much wonderful information and many helpful exercises, which come at the end of each chapter and inspire the reader to create small photographic projects in response to what was read/learned in the previous pages.  So that’s really why I’m here, to start talking about the newest summer fun project I’ve been working on.  As the assignment explains:

“Create a series of photographs that describe the place where you live.  You might wish to use this opportunity to turn your camera on the different places that you visit each day and try to make some interesting compositions with familiar subjects, or you may with to explore some parts of your town or neighborhood that you do not yet know well…”

So, I’ve been shooting lots of rolls of film, and compiling some images of what I think of when I hear the phrase “the place where you live” – when I finally get around to developing them (hopefully in the next week or so), I’ll make a more official post.  Though for now I’ll share the following image, something I was already working on a little bit when I stumbled upon this book – which directly relates to the feelings of home, place, space and living.


Been tossing ideas around in my head since January or so, snapping a few rolls in LA, and MANY rolls on the road back east – now its time to develop, scan, and process all this shit, and as Todd Hido suggests “ALL KILLER, NO FILLER” – so you’ll see more images when they are damn ready to be seen.

  1. Kevin Gray said:

    You should consider Lure of the Local by Lucy Lippard if you haven’t already. One of Phil Young’s artworks is used as an example. bonus!

    • Thanks Kevin! I love, love, love my copy of Lure of the Local! 1: because she constantly references parts of Maine that make me happy, and 2: because Phil is in the book!!

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