For a while now I have been wanting to incorporate a stronger element of whimsy into my style and my photographs. It’s something I have always been drawn to, but was unsure how to bring it to fruition. It’s hard to explain, but I think at a certain point as an artist you get to where you have a vision for your work and the feelings that you want to evoke and who you want to become artistically. Childhood whimsy is something that has always been a part of my vision. I’m going to try to explain it, but I’m not sure I can… hopefully in the months to come, my photographs will bring a clearer view. I want to capture that childhood innocence that makes the world magical – that feeling that encompasses you before you get big enough to realize that there is some really horrible, no good, very bad stuff in this world. That sense of wonder and “the world is my oyster.” We all have this idea of the perfect, ideal, simple, classic American childhood in our minds. For me, this involves a hazy, dream like quality with simple touches of beauty (a flower in the hair, pristine nature, real expressions) and a hint of vintage. I want to combine this with things I love about photography and that I’ve come to expect in my work (I love sunflares and backlit subjects, for example) while still capturing the connection in families and evoking emotion. That’s my vision. It’s a tall order, I’ll admit, but I think I can do it. This is challenging for me on many levels, but I’ve decided I need to start shooting for myself, doing things that inspire me, and indulge. I’m evolving as an artist – I sort of feel like I am coming out of a cocoon, of late – and I have discovered a sense of clarity and purpose in my photography that comes from emerging out of this rut that I’ve been in of late. I hope you’ll join me on this journey.
Having said all that, I’m going to start doing concept shoots for me. If you haven’t already, follow me on twitter or like me on facebook because I will be putting out “casting calls” for specific stuff and if you fit the bill, then you’ll receive a free session and low resolution copies of the photos (plus, it’ll be super fun). Right now, I am looking for someone with access to laying chickens that live in a decent looking yard, a family with at least one child (no younger than 3 years old, and preferably a little girl) with a mother willing to be in photos.
Here’s a taste of the whimsy I was talking about.