There are moments when working with experimental forms where one questions what they are doing and this series represents one of those moments. Whether to stay with my plan or ditch it in favor of something else was a real struggle as I sat looking at the collection of raw images on the light board in front of me.
Part of the challenge comes from the fact that Meghan inherently takes a beautiful photograph. One may remember Meghan from her earlier set. Looking through the raw images it was evident that they had the ability to create some very pretty portraits that would have made almost everyone happy.
The problem is that there’s nothing remarkable or special about a photograph being pretty. My Instagram feed is full of images that are perfectly executed, framed, and processed every day. All sorts of pretty pictures flood through in numbers too great to count. Creating an image that is merely pretty, no matter how well done, puts one among the masses, struggling to stand out for attention.
Going with the original plan, though, of high key, double exposure, with the waveform dedicated only to the green tulle created a mathematical challenge for which I wasn’t prepared. I sat at my computer early Thursday morning trying different formulas that wouldn’t completely destroy the flowing nature of the tulle. More than once I considered giving up and going with another set of pretty portraits. Those would have been much easier.
Easy doesn’t move us forward much, does it? Pretty images rarely require the viewer to think. If I am going to create images that stand out and force one to stop for a moment, I have to do the hard work and find the right formula to fit the images. I ended up compromising some on the double exposure aspect and there are moments where I worry that the subtleties of the waveform are possibly lost in the digital presentation of the images. Certainly, the texture of the tulle can only be fully appreciated in print. Perhaps I’ll include one of these in a show later this year.
Many thanks to Meghan and Kat for staying up late on a Wednesday night to get these pictures in. Both had worked all day and still gave the extra effort necessary to make the photos reality.
Click any of the thumbnails below to view the full collection.