Alexis Marie: I have loved sharing the stories and inspirations of some truly interesting individuals during the InFocus 2016 show. Are you excited? Even through InFocus 2016 is already underway, it is not too early to begin preparing for InFocus 2017! In the fall, we will release the call for submissions and we would love to see your work. For now, I’m pleased to introduce one of our current and talented photographers, Emogene.
I’m very pleased to participate in the InFocus Photography Exhibition 2016. Special thanks go to Alexis Marie Chute for creating and curating this wonderful event.
In 2008, I switched from film to digital and haven’t looked back. Having the technology to shoot as many images as I want has not changed my process. I continue to work in manual mode and take about the same number of photos I would have taken with film. Volume does not necessarily ensure the result you are looking for and personally, I’d rather spend my time focusing on one image rather than waste it by having to review and delete unwanted images.
When I’m shooting, I don’t make a plan because I prefer to wander. I feel like I’m in a world of my own . . . no rules, no distractions, no pressure. That way I don’t have any preconceived expectations and often find new material without much difficulty. I’ve also learned that by not looking, I can see so much more.
Currently, I’m working on two overlapping self-studies “Concealment” and “Inside Exteriors”. Concealment in the sense of keeping both sides of the fence separated with the choice of being either inside or outside but not both at the same time. “Inside Exteriors” is a series of images I’ve taken of building interiors through transparent exterior walls. Ironically, one of my Concealment photographs was selected for “Interiors”, a group exhibition in New York in April 2016.
Architecture is of great interest to me. It doesn’t matter if the building is modern, has suffered from decay, is local or international, I’ll find a way to be there. Whether it be geometric patterns, lines, reflections or a combination of these, my intention is to create something entirely new by deliberately combining existing elements in an unexpected way. The images below are from my “Inside Exteriors” series. Both images were taken in the vicinity of the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton.