I saw that picture of what I’m guessing is your upcoming book’s sequence up on the wall. How are you finding transferring from one to the other? Your installation wasn’t just more people-facing than the usual cold white cube, but also had video, music, those huge prints hanging in the middle of the space etc.
Designing a book and an exhibition space presents different challenges, but it was a much welcomed change of pace especially after having obsessed with editing the book for the past year! When I was given the opportunity to build my own show, I knew immediately that I wanted to break out the confines of a traditional photography exhibition. Photographing during the pandemic on empty city streets was such an experience and I wanted to bring that sort of energy and sentiment to the show. I hung the photographs in different scales and heights, so that everything in your line of vision and your peripheral layered into a collage. In another room, we played audio of sound bites and collected stories from individuals, which echoed through the entire exhibition space, acting as a subconscious voice to the visitors mind. I was listening to a lot of Phillip Glass while shooting the project so I incorporated that into the show as well. Actually, sometimes I still hear “Distant Figure Passacaglia” in my head on walks through Chinatown on an empty night.
It’s actually really cool to know that you were listening to Glass! I’ve heard a few photographers say they approach street work with headphones on, and it kind of changes how I appreciate their work (I have noise on when I shoot, it’s like a sound-cocoon to keep me focused). You know Jason Evans was listening to this droney, ethereal ambient music while he was shooting NYLPT? Kinda makes that work hit differently for me…
Yes! (Would you share your music? [ed. here]) I listen to music throughout my process. From shooting, to printing, to editing my books. In this case, it was this Phillip Glass album. Did you know that he use to drive a NYC taxi cab while working on his music early on? Actually one of my favorite things to do is sit down with a good photo book, light a joint up and listen to good music.