"My favorite pictures are the ones I have taken completely without having a viewer in mind. When I work on my personal pictures the viewer doesn't enter my mind until I start the selection process for my website. And even then I try to not think about him or her. If I did, I think a larger section of my work would remain unseen, as a lot of it is extremely personal to me and not initially captured to be viewed by others, but more as you mentioned, to document. Or experiment. I guess that it is my almost forced disregard of the viewer that gives you the impression that I am fearless."
Friday, November 14, 2008
wassenaar, and the almost-forced disregard for the viewer
i'm intrigued by the proliferation of new art photography magazines. i just checked out Noel Rodo-Vankeulen's online magazine Wassenaar. i was taken with Johanna Reed's thoughtful interview with Lina Scheynius, whose work i had not seen before. there is a casual, messy raunchiness to her work (including her fashion work) that manages to feel more present and unique than it at first seems it should (especially after Goldin and McGinley and other snapshot confessionals).
of her more personal, confessional work, Lina Scheynius says:
what do you think? do you buy this explanation? it's true that it is the apparently-offhanded freedom, the spontaneous grain of the images that feels refreshing. but from my perspective, i would poke and question the idea of being able to disregard the viewer. these images seem to me to beg for the viewer's participation.