During the year of 2015, worldwide renowned photographer Joel Meyerowitz ran a year long blog where he posted one or more pictures per day. These photographs were taken one year before to the date of each post. Dialogue In Photography has nothing to do with this though… 🙂
At a few points during his year long exercise Joel showed images from another daily project which he has been working on for a couple of years, with his partner Maggie. This other project consistes in drawing a line across a page of white paper and the next day the other person would pick at the point the last line was ended and would do the same thing. The line could be anything from a straight line to a mazing curve around the page. Here is the last image of the project in December 2015. Anything would go as long as it would start at the same point the previous line ended and would end on the opposite side of the paper.
Since the first post covering this project I fell in love with the idea of picking up and giving continuity to the work of the previous drawer and, for a long time, (over one year actually) my mind was thinking of ways to subvert this idea and adapt it to the photographic medium.
In its photographic version, called Dialogue In Photography, a photographer will look at, study and interpret the image of the other photographer and will pick on one… or more… or all 🙂 of the aspects that builds it up and finally, based on that analysis creates his next image. The aspects to pick on are endless: tones palette, number of subjects, composition, depth of field, a pattern, a feeling the image brings up, the resemblance to other pieces of art or otherwise mundane objects of this world, etc.
This will not be, by its nature, a daily updated blog. Actually we have set ourselves no schedule and we will post the answer to the previous paragraph when we feel we have nailed it. In short, it’s a slow photography project.
For some visual consistency we have set a square format for our images and black and white with some light toning.
In addition to its visual aspect we will also try to write down our interpretation of the previous image and describe the creative process followed to build the next image.
We hope you enjoy the conversation and invite you to join it by posting your ideas in the comments of each image or by registering and getting updates by email when a new photograph is created.
Fabrício Santos – January 25th 2016