Caroline and Luke are a multi-talented duo…Caroline makes beautiful visual art and jewelry, and Luke’s awesome band Marconi is about to release their first album to much critical acclaim. They’re also, it turns out, quite good at being photographed and being patient as I scurry around.
I photographed them at Caroline’s home, which is an amazing old farmhouse complete with huge field and pond…lots of interesting mini-locations and textures to work with. Truthfully the whole thing made me sort of giddy, and now I’m even more excited to shoot their wedding in October. More after the jump.
I’m quite happy with the results of the shoot, and that leads me to a digression…
There’s always a lot of discussion in the photographic world about its relationship to fine art. Many photographers have taken well-earned places in the art world, but the divide between commercial photography and fine art photography seems to be accepted by many, even folks who do both. I’d like to believe that it’s an unnecessary distinction and challenge myself to produce work that functions as both high-quality product and thought-provoking art.
I’m unwilling to opine on whether I’ve succeeded in any particular instance (or whether I will ever succeed), but as with most creative endeavors I think it’s the intent that matters, since the intent shapes the work. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about two things…first, demonstrating photography’s inherent properties in my work, and second, wondering how I might make use of the huge libraries of photographic imagery that everyone carries around in their heads. I think the general goal is to engage viewers not only with the content and representational aspects of the images, but also with the fact and various implications of them being photographs.