Two weeks ago was the 2011 Filter Photo Festival here in Chicago. I was invited to be a reviewer as editor of F-Stop Magazine. I met with seventeen photographers and saw a lot of interesting work. In talking with a few of the photographers I found interesting connections between their work and my own interests and photography. Here are the first two photographers.
Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman are two photographers who collaborate on projects exploring “narratives of femininity”. It was cool to find out they were interested in meeting with me because of connections between their work and mine, and there truly are… many interesting ones.
The work they showed me was “Ponder Food as Love” and “Watch Me Grow”. “Ponder Food as Love” is a series of beautiful images with layers of meaning that are still rolling around in my thoughts for now …
The series “Watch Me Grow” shows the “storefront” sort of view of urban daycare centers and the images and language used on their exteriors. I think what connects for me in this project is the taking of a sort of traditional style of photographing – the storefront image – and applying it to a not typical at all subject. It strikes me as humorous and adds a curious layer of meaning to the project.
I find this relates to my interest in the connections between art making and children… it often seems children are not yet “adults” so their creative output or experience or subjecthood is not given the same consideration… And so something funny is brought about when you juxtapose or insert children the idea of children into an “art” context. I began to talk about it a little bit here in talking about project plans for a “dérive as a walk with a toddler” and mapping the movements of a baby’s daily activity.
Here is a link to their site: