Memories of Everyday

I’ve been thinking of a summary for my long-exposure project from a couple of years ago. I decided I really needed to do a solid edit of what I had, and to think about what it really meant. I had two major concepts at the outset – of once again shaking up my own self-imposed formal austerity and of maintaining a balance between abstraction and representation. As the project progressed, I realized that I was making images that resembled memories of everyday things we all have – things like the face of a passerby, or a building that caught our attention in passing. These aren’t crystal-clear memories, not the type of things that might stick in your head if you witness something extraordinary, whether good or bad. No, these are memories of everyday things: ones you remember, but not very clearly. You could call them impressionist memories.

I think the most successful of these images achieve my initial goals and the subsequent focus on examining visual memory. Formally they’re more dynamic and colorful than anything I had done before, even my floral time-slice series, which, though colorful, did not have the same variety of form as these images do. I also think that the focus on remembrance adds a level of depth that sets it apart from my other ‘formal’ work.

Anyway, here they are. Let me know what you think.

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North Lion

Art Institute lion, of the northern variety.

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A New Twist on Gehry

Mr Wonderful’s Pritzker Pavilion, with a little added panache by yours truly:

Panoramic view of Pritzker Pavilion

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Picasso

No project about Chicago’s public art and spaces could be complete without the Daley Plaza Picasso. Before today, this has proven remarkably resistant to my chosen technique, but now I believe I’m starting to get somewhere:

As always, comments – disparaging or otherwise – are very welcome.

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Leaves

A little experiment with new pinholes on the panoramic cameras, and with new developer (HC-110, dig it):

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