Friday, 24 May 2013

LECTURE 24/05/2013

Sally Mann:
"Sally Mann (born in Lexington, Virginia, 1951) is one of America’s most renowned photographers. She has received numerous awards, including NEA, NEH, and Guggenheim Foundation grants, and her work is held by major institutions internationally. Her many books include Second Sight (1983), At Twelve (1988), Immediate Family (1992), Still Time (1994), What Remains (2003), Deep South (2005), Proud Flesh (2009), and The Flesh and the Spirit (2010). A feature film about her work, What Remains, debuted to critical acclaim in 2006. Mann is represented by Gagosian Gallery, New York and Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York. She lives in Virginia.

“Few photographers of any time or place have matched Sally Mann’s steadiness of simple eyesight, her serene technical brilliance, and the clearly communicated eloquence she derives from her subjects, human and otherwise – subjects observed with an ardor that is all but indistinguishable from love.”
– Reynolds Price, TIME"

From Collection, Southern Landscapes

I find her work a little creepy and disconcerning! I'm not sure why, maybe it's the Sepia filter, (and balck and white) or the vignette, but there's something about them and the subject matter which put me on edge! I love the texture in the tree, and how it looks like it's been hacked b an axe, but still stands tall and proud. Maybe it represents being bruised and broken but standing strong. But I could be completely wrong..

1992-1996From Collection, Southern Landscapes
I really like the focus on the reeds/grass in this image, against the still water! The blurred edges and lines in composition lead your eye through the photograph, and make you spectulate.... what's around the corne? You just wanna push yourself into the image to push it further round the bend.

From Collection, Family Pictures
This image was technically the one, (one of many in her collections) which freaked me out a little bit. I just find it spooky, like a misty haze is looming and at first I thought the child was dead. AND this is in the folder family pictures.... where's her family!? Close up, I know she's sleeping or resting in a towel, but the image still has an uneasiness about it! I do appreciate the composition and technical aspects of all her images!

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