For Process Driven, I have deep-dive conversations with artists and creatives from a variety of disciplines about what they do and why they do it. Digital Camera World called one of the 20 best podcasts for photographers three years in a row. Here are a few reasons why. New episodes are in the works. Subscribe on Substack so you don't miss the relaunch.
There are only a handful of photographers whose work is instantly recognizable and fewer still who have become a genre unto themselves. I was first introduced to the pictures of Gregory Crewdson through a body of work called Beneath the Roses. I felt instantly connected to that world he so meticulously crafted and I’ve been a huge admirer of his work ever since.An Eclipse of Moths continues his exploration of themes like brokenness and isolation as well as a profound connection to light and the encroachment of the natural world. To some that world may seem bleak — especially on first glance — but a deeper look will reveal a narrative that is hopeful and rich with possibility.
To listen to my previous conversation with Gregory Crewdson, click HERE.
Gregory Crewdson, Redemption Center, 2018-2019
Digital pigment print, image: 50 × 88 ⅞ inches (127 × 225.7 cm), framed: 57 × 96 × 2 inches (144.8 × 243.8 × 5.1 cm), edition of 4 + 2 AP © Gregory Crewdson
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"My pictures must first be beautiful, but that beauty is not enough. I strive to convey an underlying edge of anxiety, of isolation, of fear."
Terms like “icon” and “legend” get thrown around pretty casually these days, but in the case of photographer Joe McNally, they are not only absolutely appropriate but also well-deserved. He’s shot for some of the most prestigious magazines and clients in the world, including TIME, Newsweek, LIFE, Sports Illustrated, New York, and National Geographic. His work has earned him dozens of awards, including the first Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Journalistic Impact. He’s a best-selling author and has recently released his newest book The Real Deal: Field Notes From the Life of a Working Photographer. He’s also humble, funny, tells terrific stories, and I am so grateful to have had the chance to sit down with him for a bit.
"If you view your life as a piece of fabric or a tapestry, the photography is the stitching. It keeps everything together."
A few months ago, I attended a talk that Dan Winters gave at the Smithsonian and one of the things that struck me straight away was the language he used to describe his relationship to his work. I’ve been a fan for years and own a few of his books, but I never had the opportunity to hear him speak before. There’s such emotion and romance in how he relates to his work, especially in the making or the doing as he calls it. Words like “reverence” and “gratitude” are used often and as you’ll hear in this conversation, these aren’t simply buzzwords. There’s an incredible authenticity to Dan that seems to pervade his entire life, from the work that he does to the people and things he surrounds himself with.
"One's visual language is not something that manifests overnight. It develops organically over a lifetime."
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Previously available only as a section in my book, Photography by the Letter, Insights features personal and provocative Q&As with 10 incredible visual artists, including David duChemin, Koci Hernandez, Betina La Plante, and Brooke Shaden.Read a preview below and download this edition for free. Subscribe to my newsletter to be notified when new editions are available.
Q: Your work feels like it occupies a liminal space between the natural world and dreams. How has it evolved and how consciously do you direct where it’s going?A: ".... Some of my work is dark and gritty while others are ethereal and feminine, and I see those visual expressions as different eras in my work. They all explore the same topics with different visual expressions. My work is moving in a darker direction currently, focused even more literally on death and grief, but even as I explore new ways of expressing, the liminal space is a constant."
*Brooke was also my guest on episode 42 of Process Driven, which you can listen to HERE.
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