Tuesday, April 28, 2009

all i want


Sarah McKemie's project All I Want has me transfixed. sometimes, when viewing photography projects, i have a hard time taking in a range of portraits that might seem a bit unconnected and don't have a project statement--it can be hard to find a way in. not with these; they clicked for me immediately.

i meant to post about them some months ago, but instead, started bugging Sarah to talk to me about them.  she was incredibly gracious to this pestering stranger, and so i'm happy to share her thoughts on "All I Want" with you.  i think they're thought-provoking and worth the wait:

In my current and on-going body of work, All I Want, I explore the push and pull of intimacy and the awkwardness of desire. Through my series of portraits I play with and examine the fantasies, obsessions, myths, and stereotypes about longing.

I am drawn to the way our bodies tell stories of confidence, self-consciousness, or humility. Through photography I look at rituals of adornment and gesture—the way we create and display ourselves for others, and how we define ourselves based on how desirable we think others find us.

The images I capture in All I Want recreate and document the innocence and complexity of my subjects, questioning the intricacies of sexuality that are undefined, and even celebrate this ambiguity.  -Sarah McKemie

some of my favorite images from the series are above.  i chose them before reading the statement, but now i like thinking about what this slice of images has to say about the myths we carry about intimacy, longing, and desire.

enjoy the rest of the project here.
 

p.s. greetings Blogs of Note visitors!  i hope you like photographerie!

37 comments:

M.M.E. said...

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or his website (which has much more work): www.jeffreyopp.com

virginia said...

enjoyed the photos, and your writing...i will be adding you, if you don't mind.

Dominic said...

Your blog is cool... I always like the ones with cool pictures and stuff, it makes me wish I had a better camera....

jonas wunderman said...

yeah ... so glad to have found your blog. love your taste in photographs.

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N. Steve said...

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Ashley said...

Nice photographs!!

KhanmanFilms said...

Why those are certainly beautiful pieces. You know its interesting what people find in a particular piece. The perceptions are endless and we live in such a diverse world. Everything makes us feel so small!

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Very Little Voice said...

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Arja said...

I do like these pictures, but I think they could have more contrast both in color and motive..
This is only my opinion as a photographer, and you should listen to your own heart (or eye?)

Sexy Blonde said...

very nice...

Stock Forums said...

I would like to see more every day photos, rather than posed photos!

subjectify said...

I would like to see more every day photos, rather than posed photos!
you should try Flickr!

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blessingsgoddess said...

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Jenny O said...

Congrats on being on Blogs of note!
Your blog is great!

Demian said...

liked your blog, gave new ideas for portraits !

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I love your waterfall picture of the woman standing naked under the water. Beautiful.

Great pics!

Congrats on your blogger buzz!

Marcus Alexander said...
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Marcus Alexander said...

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Clarity said...

I must say the middle one is my favourite. All of them capture the natural light and mood beautifully. What an interesting blog

Robert Babington said...

Is it wrong that I like how the pictures have caught pain? Venom. Frustration. Bitterness.

I especially like the third one. It strikes in me, the sense that the person has been subject of mistreatment for some time but, there is the tiniest sly smile that almost says, "now I've got the better of you".

A great post. I've been looking for something like this.

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steph said...

At first all i thought was "Helen Van Meene?"

but i do like them a lot, her work is very good

Matthew Austin said...

Awesome! I'm glad Sarah's getting exposure on this website! She deserves the recognition, what an incredible portraitist. Word around town is she's currently making some video work...look out...