I was commissioned to write this a few years ago for the Central European House of Photography in Bratislava (and thank you to all the photo...
I was originally drawn to your work by the sofa series. Wow--time flies! I don't see these familial portraits any longer. Maybe I'm not looking in the right places. The daughter/father photographer relationship is so much different than that of the mother photographer, i think, and I believe it shows in these images. I hope you have not abandoned this lifetime project. If you have. . . well. . . I can't think of another father photographer who has made such a series but for one photographer in Israel who has--but he and his wife are both photographers, so there is a mitigating force. Have a good summer. I wish I were as brave.
Thanks CS - that's very kind. The Sofa series has been and gone and was of a time, a place and a particular sofa.It fits into a wider series which is to do with age and place and the madness of childhood - and how it ties in with the family album. Which is what these are about I guess - in a propagandistic sort of way. So sofa, landscapes, flower, mother, dance, friends are themes that connect - think of it as a hierarchy of needs. I hope I can do something with it but it needs a bit of work...Thanks for the kind words though and who is the photographer in Israel?
The photographer is Slava Pirsky. Here is his live journal site, though he doesn't post here much any more. I think he does it mainly for me. He says nobody uses live journal now and he has a facebook account. He is very good at returning correspondence, though. I have been following his painterly polaroids of his daughter for many years. She has become a teenager now, so who knows how things will change? Perhaps you do. http://slavapir.livejournal.com/I never thought the sofa was the subject of that series. Your daughter seemed to possess an ennui in the series and does in these most recent pictures, too. I won't say too much. It is difficult to speak to a father about a daughter. Their relationships have more boundaries than any other in human relationships. It is more taboo than anything, I think. Have any artist's seriously approached it? I can't think of any. I say this all to stimulate you intellectually (I know you will research it and come back with an entry) and artistically (though that will be much more difficult). O.K. You have my personal email address (at least you once did). Let me know what you think of Slava. Ciao.
Hendrik Kerstens springs to mind as a father and daughter photographer-subject. The sofa series is very particular and domestic, and my work is more to do with my immediate environment (don't get out much) and how we live in it - or how Isabel lives in it. But I'll have a think and email you - that's a good idea.
Lasted till July this year- most impressive! My agent can never negotiate my summers off- what's the name of yours again?
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