HAUNTED

I’m haunted by questions about why I’ve started this blog up again. Wondering if I’ll just pick up where I left off three years ago, or if I should use this opportunity to dramatically change the tone of the thing.

Fucked if I know. I suppose that these questions will get worked out by the doing. After all, that’s how most stuff gets worked out . . . by applying yourself to the problem.

Path (click on images to enlarge)

One thing I do know is that we are all pretty much stuck, struck, confined and bound by certain in-born proclivities. Sure, we change, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. Evolution/devolution makes sense to me, so does the idea that every so often things (including us) go through radical, seismic changes.

And so it goes . . .

Mississippi River

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IF YOU WANT TO CALL YOURSELF A PHOTOGRAPHER . . .

Last week I postulated that, for me, photography is about process, growing, learning. I understand that there are other reasons folks take pictures, one of the main ones being to record an event. (Though these days the good-old record-an-event approach is more often than not tied in with the let’s-post-this-to-show-friends-my-charmed-life thing. And we all know that when photos are meant to be used as public relations it tends to shift the motivation for their creation.)

If you set out to record aspects of your life that you think are interesting, and if you want to share those images, I got no beef with that. We all do it. But if you want to call yourself a photographer, if you want to hone and learn from your practice, the only person you should be trying to impress is yourself. And you shouldn’t be too easily impressed, either.
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THE FUTURE

I’m trying to photograph the future. That’s my current project. It’s out there, the future is.

Here are a couple of quotes from author William Gibson, whose book The Peripheral has inspired and informed this project:

“The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed.”

When people write imaginary futures, they’re never about the future. They can only be about the moment in which they were written, and the known history before that. We don’t have anything else.”

I’m not going to go into any real detail about THE FUTURE right now. Over time I’ll dribble (or is that: drool?) out more bits and pieces of this puzzle as they occur to me. But I do want to say that I have noticed that this is the first project I’ve done which embraces all three forms of shooting which I seem to be interested in. Namely: portrait, landscape and street. How all these will mesh together remains, like the future, to be seen.

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I welcome your comments. No vitriol please, but contrary opinions and insights are welcome.

Author: Tony Fouhse

Tony is an Ottawa-based photographer.

4 thoughts on “HAUNTED”

  1. I’m interested and encouraged to hear you acknowledge the fluid nature of such a new project, trusting that it will become more defined and singular, in part by doing it. I imagine it must involve being open to the unpredictable, accepting the occasional blind alley, and the discipline to refine and distill the work in the end.

    I’ve yet to embark on a subject in this way, and interested to follow your progress.
    Thanks Tony.

  2. Thanks for the thoughts Glenn.
    To answer your question from my perspective (and from my ambition for the project): How we imagine the future is based upon more than sci-fi movies. It is, I believe, based upon the news we consume, the death of a loved one, fears we have, any history we might remember, books we’re read, the people we know, our politics and the list goes on and on.
    Everything we imagine and project is the result of many, many things. The aim of the project is to tap into those things in myself and hope that there is some kind of universality at work in the work.

  3. Photographing the future: two initial thoughts come to mind. First, seeing images of would be reference to some sci-fi movie I’ve seen before. And, a photograph capturing something about to happen (obvious or hinted). The first thought being literal and the second more engaging. What other ways can you capture the future???

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