More work from my trip through the American Southwest this spring.
I recently have been trying figure out why people collect things. Psychological studies have yet to form any sort of conclusion as to why it is in our nature. So, I started interviewing people I know who have large collections of any kind, and asking for their ideas as to why they do it.
Jerry started as a private orchid collector and eventually turned his collecting hobby into a business. He now owns an outstanding orchid-specific greenhouse, breeding countless orchids of every variety imaginable and selling them to other collectors all around the world. A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Jerry to talk with him about his collection and business.
"I think collecting is basic human nature. It wasn't too long ago in human history that we switched from hunter-gatherers to farmers. And it has been even less time since we were able to produce surplus. It's in our nature to get as much of everything we can."
Finally, a second post! Took long enough right? I promise that new work will appear on this blog at a much higher frequency in the near future.
Earlier this month I traveled around the Southwest by myself for a few days, exploring a landscape completely unknown to me. When I received my negatives back from the lab, I found every single negative unusually dense. It appears there was a processing error in the lab, resulting in flat, noisy photographs. After a long struggle trying to figure out how to salvage these photographs, a friend today made the simple suggestion of switching them to black and white. Problem solved.
More work from this trip to come.
I decided it would be good to make a blog to serve as a place to display work in progress, as well as older works that just never really fit into any distinct project. So here is the first post.
Posts on this blog will be sporadic, but check back often! I'll also be using this blog to post any news about exhibitions and other events.