The people around you have prominent importance as you go through the different stages in life. They form your behavioral traits, what you do and where you ultimately go. They are the most emphatic influence in your life. Unlike family they are constantly there and connection with them is regular day to day. You live with them, you do their washing up, they do your washing up and you inhabit close quarters with them for a short period of time. You discuss financial woes and enjoy moments of splendor. All of this happens regularly.
They are called friends.
There is a kind of stigma attached to work where you photograph your friends when they form a larger part of your practice and the connection made with the camera is the largest hurdle to combat. When its done right it is incredibly personal and rewarding for both the maker and the viewer. This meeting point between personal relationships and public output raises questions that are quickly answered with photographs. They are immaculately done. They discuss different personalities as they enter his life for long or short pockets of time. They preserve themselves as moments of now, all to be remembered later once we step into a new phase of life.
The environment, like friends, has a detrimental effect on the way we feel and what we do. This environment constantly changes. Coming from someone who moves every 8 or 9 months homes and territories never stay long enough to become home. This pursuit is a constant battle and you are never fully comfortable until you reach a certain point. You could even say a certain age.
The approach to said photographs are casual but they reflect a complete understanding of the medium. They speak of experience within a land that you temporarily call home. The infusing of pale greens mixed with grey skies create a sumptuous reflection of life that become so real you step into the life of the photographer for a brief moment. Notions of desire and longing to be there field a strong sensation of voyeurism, but it is invited and encouraged.
Much like friends the familiarity around us becomes endearing as we grow attachment to the things around us. People form important points of reference to how we are feeling. People come in and out of your life but a true friendship seems to stay around forever without the need for constant maintenance. The screw is becoming a little loose, but at some point someone always fixes it.
And like the dishes, anything that becomes dirty will always be cleaned, just like any household chore will eventually get done. Any issue around your ideas of home sort themselves out. For the search for belonging in a place has as much to do with the people around you as it does the environment. The two need to meet in perfect harmony. The desire for new things pushes us out of the comfort net. A notion we are constantly striving towards.
Each move leaves us with new challenges and new people as we collect people like baseball cards that eventually form a full pack of friends. Over your life span you will likely accumulate around 52. Roughly.
This intimacy leaks into every inch of each photograph made by the photographer as the adoration for the people around him make his photographs more than an experience of colour and shape, but an experience based on real life. It goes beyond formalities. This kind of connection is rare and it is down to the dedication to document the people around him in a clinical but personal way. With this saturation of intimacy we feel as if these moments are ours, even if we come across them over lit up screens. They become moments we can hold onto, even if we do not know anybody's name.