Thursday, January 3, 2008

Winterhaven, Arizona




9 comments:

Susana said...

love it.

colin pantall said...

Nice but it doesn't fit with the less complete ones - I like the fingers - that's about the colour of my toenails at the moment.

Timothy Archibald said...

Hey all...glad the blogging vacation is over with for you all.

Susana- thanks for writing but as I've said many times before, this is not flickr. If you like something, tell us why. If you don't, tell us why as well! We want dialogue!

Colin- I hear ya on this one. I think I'm struggling with how to get the project out of the house and out into the world at large, and was attracted to these family portraits at my in-laws house....for obvious reasons. But I agree that the mystery and intensity is not here, as it is in "antennae" or some of the more interesting shots.

colin pantall said...

Why take it out of the house - I think you have a really interesting and physical take on childhood - that half-formed physical psychosis - and one that ties in with the outside world in a visual/visceral way.

Have a different project for outside. I know the family thing - you don't want to do a Pictures From Home thing, do you?

Timothy Archibald said...

I guess I want to keep this project going, and I feel like right now its all taking place either in my son's room or on a scanner. I feel like that will soon get repetive and claustrophobic. Claustrophobic I can handle, cuz I think it is an appropriate emotion for the project, but I worry about repeating myself and running out of ways to make photographs that fit in with the vibe of the collection. Tierny Gearnon has some great stuff where the kids are out in the world, though I admit that all of the intensity that inspires these shots typically comes out of the home enviroment. How would you recommend I push this thing forward?

colin pantall said...

I almost like Gearon's kids work, but the masks and peeing are gimmicky - they still stick though, and are very beautiful.The mother pictures are great.

Keep the claustrophobia of the indoors - there's a lot more you can do with that in a way that resonates with your son and his/your environment. Your environment/state of mind is also interesting, especially in relation to yourself and your son. Things might start repeating but once you get to a certain stage, perhaps the repetition won't be repetition anymore.

And move outside and have a different project that relates to the outside you have around you - an infinity of possibilities there and you can tie it in with quality time with your son as well.

Darrell Eager said...

I love the pictures that you have made of your son.
The are to me very strong and hold up on their own. When you do the scanned images
next to his portraits it seems to me forced.
But in this image with these other images and elements not of your making, but of your
making it all works for me. Hope you understand my comment.

Timothy Archibald said...

DE-
I think you are saying you like the photos and you dislike the scans, correct?

Darrell Eager said...

Yes but I like the scans or reproductions on this one
image. Where the reproductions are part of the environment.