There is something timeless and very simple about working with the human figure that I much enjoy. For the commercial work that I do, I am always concerned with what the client’s expectations are, and with my more conceptual work, I operate within very strict parameters governed by what I am trying to say. Likewise, for the photographs that I produce for Photo Flood Saint Louis, I am constantly thinking about the story my images are sending. However, in figurative work, I am free to pursue both form and content in a way that is completely untethered from any mental constraints.
The human body is a classical motif in art, one which conveys both the grace and tragedy of life. As such, it is a conduit for both our notions of beauty and scorn, and a subject that I have tremendous respect for.
In this most recent shoot, I was fortunate to work with a great model that seemed to know exactly what I wanted (perhaps because we are already friends or because she is also a photographer). I am very happy with this body of images, and look forward to working with Monica again in the future.
Photo Flood Saint Louis turns four this August. This post is a continuation of a countdown to commemorate this exciting milestone.
Since August 9, 2014, Ferguson has been at the center of national attention. “Ferguson” the idea/movement is undoubtedly the civil rights struggle of this generation, but for a mostly quaint community, that struggle has a long and complicated history – one that exemplifies what African-Americans have faced throughout the region from the start.
Yet, Ferguson is also a happy place. A town on the border of St. Louis, where generations of families have lived. A place which sees itself as worth saving; a place which sees this problem as worth solving.
Like most neighborhoods in St. Louis, there is a lot to photograph within a short walk of my front door. As a colonial city (that’s right, STL was founded during the time of the 13 colonies), there is more than two and a half centuries of history bottled up in this city, and that is if you are only counting since the time of French settlement. It is no wonder then that a short stroll can reveal countless insights into the idiosyncratic nature of this town’s architecture, natural landscape , and people.