I am not especially interested in anonymous photography, or pictorialist photography, or avant-garde photography, or in straight, crooked or any other subspecific category of photography; I am interested in the entire, indivisible, hairy beast—because in the real world, where photographs are made, these subspecies, or races, interbreed shamelessly and continually.
I’m thinking of photography within a far broader context — with film and painting, architecture and drawing — making connections that show it to be equal in status with all the arts.
You have artists like Jay Defeo, Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Robert Bechtle, and Andy Warhol whose work includes, references, or converses with photography. I enjoy modern art and I particularly like when photography exists in context with what everyone else is doing. In all media. But this rarely happens.
I’m pleased to announce that I’m joining with the 1/125 guys, Nick Shere and Karl Gunnarson, on a new photography blog.* Hairy Beast will cover basically anything photography-related we can think of. For my part, I’ll continue writing about the same sorts of photography things I write about here and crosspost in both blogs—my first post is already there. But I also expect to start posting about things which don’t have any ties to my day-to-day life.
*We’ve soft-launched for now and are in the midst of that first-month of catch-up posts. After we’ve exhausted that, we’ll see whether the beast survives.
Most of my posts here have germinated from something I experienced—a book I’ve read, a museum exhibition I’ve attended, a sporting event which I’ve cared about, etc. My blog may be all over the place, but almost* every thing I post is still personal. Breaking out of that, especially with regard to photography, requires a new blog. I’m looking forward to not just writing about myself and my experiences.
*The Chris Hadfield gallery may be one of the few examples which isn’t a personal reaction.
I’ll also be trying to pull non-photography stuff into the beast. I’ve never liked how photography is in its own distinct wing. I don’t even like considering it distinct from “the other arts” and much prefer seeing it in conversation with painting, sculpture, etc. This isn’t an “equal status” thing but instead recognizes how photography is a tool for communication. Fixating on what is or isn’t photography misses the greater point that these images exist and interbreed with other images, photographic or non.