I’ve been toying with the idea of an actual photo-blog for some time now.
It’s something that fits in with a slightly different way of working than I’m used to, in that you don’t process and upload everything from a shoot in one go – you generally post one image per day or so – meaning you can have images from a shoot to process/publish months after the event. I’m interested to see if/how it affects my process, and possibly the way that my images are perceived – by both myself and others. But I wasn’t happy with the idea of just randomly posting whatever I’ve been shooting, and saving it all for the blog. I’ve decided to keep it ‘themed’ (for want of a better word), so that I can just keep aside the images that fit, and post everything else on my flickr as usual. I may even post the blog images on flickr at the same time as I put them on the blog.
Enough of the mechanics though, what I’m stuck with at the moment, and it is something that’s very important to me, is the ‘about’ page. I see it as a kind of artist’s statement, because I suppose by theming the content I’m making it into a project. But I’m really struggling with drawing that line between being open and genuine about what I’m trying to do and coming across as pretentious and overly artsy. I’m trying to get beyond showing something because I think it’s pretty and I have a good idea of what I’m doing, but when I start trying to explain what it, I start to sound more and more like those awful introductions you read in galleries or on ‘Fine Art Photography’ websites, before they go on to list where the artist studied and so on. I keep coming up with phrases like ‘this work explores…’ and I almost physically gag as I type it, because if my eyes glaze over as I read it back – and it’s my own – what happens when anyone else does?
It seems like a very easy mode to fall into when you”’re trying to explain what you”’re trying to do with a series of images, but by pulling back from that you end up sounding like a standard ‘I like to take pictures with my nice shiny camera’ spiel.
This is before I even consider what to write to accompany each image – and I also have to do something similar to accompany a print in an exhibition coming up in a few weeks so it’s heavy on my mind. Ugh. Has anyone bridged the gap successfully that you’ve seen? Can you talk about your artistic motives without sounding like you”’re trying to win at bullsh*t bingo?