MFA post 2

Posted in MFA  by nlecorgne

Last week our graduate seminar class went to see the Sally Mann exhibition at Jackson Fine Arts Gallery in Atlanta. I must admit that I have never been a Sally Mann fan. That’s not to say I dislike her work either. I just would not have thought to put her on my list of all-time favorite photographers. However, I found the exhibit at Jackson Fine Arts that features work from her Proud Flesh series, profoundly moving and purposeful. In this series, Mann has chosen to use the wet plate collodion process to create a series of incredibly intimate portraits that look physical and emotional aspects of her husbands struggle with muscular dystrophy.

Although I’m sure that I was personally touched by the images because of my own experiences with deterioration and loss of loved ones. It is the seamless marriage of process and subject, as well as that between personal document and public art that have captured my attention and refused to let it go.

In relating these ideas to my own work I have decided to take on a personal project with a similar theme, but I will be looking at it through the lens of two cameras. The dslr that I am so accustomed to using, and also through the plastic lens of a Holga. In doing research for he project I have been combing sites dedicated to lowfi photography, plastic cameras and holgamoids. What I have noticed is that, while there are a lot of wonderful images being made with plastic cameras, more often than not, the novelty of the image quality seems to supersede a seamless marriage between process (or craft) and subject matter.

With that said here are a couple of holga images that, while not as emotional evocative as the Sally Mann series, are quite successful at marrying the medium and subject. They are by a photographer named John Bridges.

More of his work can be found at: http://johnbridgesphotography.com/


5 Responses to “MFA post 2”

  1. Alex Says:

    Beautiful work! Kind of reminds me of Michael Kenna, just in terms of atmosphere and tone. And I totally agree that a lot of the holga images are just about the camera rather than using it as an added layer. Can’t wait to see your project!

  2. Samantha Wilson Says:

    ok, what is it will all of you and these b&w photos, i didn’t enjoy the John Bridges Photography website, I just like colors.

  3. Madeline Says:

    I loved his Reverie series, the images are so otherworldly.

  4. nlecorgne Says:

    Here is another gallery with some really wonderful holga images, among a lot of other things other things… Some color images, but a lot of B&W. Sorry Sam…


    I love the no rules street photography concept and her blog has some great tips and techniques for creative image altering.

  5. Jarrett Says:

    Holga imagery is really cool – is it true that sometime’s it’s unpredictable due to “light leaks” in those camera bodies?

    “pin-hole” photography is super sweet too!