Wednesday, December 19, 2007
cruz and claire
i first saw Molly Landreth's project, Embodiment, on Hey, Hot Shot! last winter. she describes Embodiment as being "an archive and a journey through a rapidly changing community and the lives of people who bravely offer new visions of what it means to be young and queer today."
it's a great collection, with some really memorable images. though i think it is becoming more rare for young photographers to admit to such earnest or conventional reasons for their photography projects. approaching a project as an ethnography of a community seems to have fallen out of favor a bit, at least in some discussions. in favor of...the idea? part of me thinks there is more pressure than ever to come up with more & more postmodern, obscure & ironic project concepts.
questions of ethnography aside (or not), the two subjects above—Cruz and Claire—grabbed me especially because i wanted to know more about them... i guess it's all about stories after all.
(See more at Humble Arts Foundation, where Landreth is their Fall 07 grant recipient.)