I’m a big Lee Towndrow fan. He was on my list for this show from Day One and the series that he’s contributing helped cement the theme.
I’m not going to show it to you here but Lee’s adding a theatrical re-imagining of youth set in Mexico City that to me, embodies the best that a commercial shooter’s personal project can be. This series is completely well executed both from a visual and a production values standpoint. It shows a new POV on a well established subject (as do all the shooters in this show for that matter). And, it tells a compelling story about a group of people which is full of detail, humour, beauty and wonder. These are the types of creative minds we want to partner with, no? Surely the future belongs to those who have breadth to their imagination, and can create things of beauty and interest from scratch.
Makes you want to see the work, doesn’t it? And, you know, this is the thing about curation these days. When the images exist somewhere else already on-line, and you can see them… what’s the value in visiting the real photographs? Back in the day, John Berger’s Ways of Seeing blew my mind with the simple idea that before photographic reproduction you needed to travel to the image if you wanted to see it.
Now, you can, at any moment, bring the image into your lap. Hmmm.
Anyway, we’re going to look instead at Lee’s fantastic Paper Portraits which I think are equally lovely. This first one of Lena Dunham was shot for TIME magazine:
Gorgeous, luminous paper! Beautiful soft light! Unexpected angles into the image! I’m so glad this work is getting traction.
Don’t forget- HMA6 Curates: Youth opens on the 8th at PIKTO in the Distillery. Feel free to RSVP on Facebook here so I can look forward to seeing you there.