In A Girl’s Bedroom (Montreal Footnotes Part II)

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Portraiture

A lot of times when I ask to photograph someone, there is this assumed notion of an intended concept.  People often ask me, “What do you have in mind?”  Or sometimes, they’ll be quick to suggest a concept, such as boudoir or pin-up.  The truth of the matter is, I have nothing in mind other than photographing someone.  I have no concept.  My concept is the lack of a concept, an “anti-concept.”

I cannot discern if this “anti-concept” stems from a lack of creativity, or a desire to be honest.  Photographer Esther Reyes recently commented on my “exploration of barriers and motivations.”  Her comment has really stuck with me.  I keep thinking about it.  I do seem to get hung up about the “why” of things, and I am fascinated by barriers.  Perhaps because I have so many barriers myself.

I live a life rife with barriers, nearly all self-constructed and self-imposed.  I find many of them to be sources frustrating limitations, yet I have convinced myself long ago they are necessary.  I feel like they allow me to exercise an elevated level of control over the people I let into my life, all of which I admit I hold at an arm’s length.

One of the most frustrating barriers I have created is my fear of photographing friends and family, so I seek out strangers to photograph.  That’s how I find my self sitting in girls’ bedrooms.

Images are a mix of Portra, Superia, and Ektar.  All shot with the Nikon F100 and developed and scanned by the Canadian Film Lab.

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I am a film photographer based in Prince Edward County. I make images of people, places, and things - you know, nouns.

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