In Conversation with Cary Fagan @ The Waller Gallery
1:00PM - 2:00PM
Followed by 30 minutes of Q&A
Starting with the requisite 35mm and working my way up to 120mm (medium format) has taught me to be patient with the process. Working with film is challenging, there isn’t the instant gratification that working digitally might offer. In my portfolio, the images were documented with both 35mm and 120mm. Both suit my purposes well as I work in varying disciplines which include portraiture, documentary, conceptual and editorial work. While the 35mm is useful in that it gives the shooter a firm grasp on how to capture and format a shot to your liking, the 120mm offers a better-detailed look at the photo once developed and can easily be enlarged.
My brief stint in art school led me to be more pragmatic in the ways I wanted to learn and master my medium. I spent a decade developing a consistent style with my own set of skills. I learned the ins and outs of each of my cameras. This learning process also included consistently looking at the angles and details of each of my images, a practice that subsequently allowed me to find inspiration and opportunity for growth in my own work.
Being able to give myself constructive criticism on each photo - how it could have been shot differently and how to use this knowledge for the next session - makes my aesthetic and artistic direction uniquely my own. This is the education I use to execute all my projects and works of art. I find self-criticism and consistent shooting to be more efficient. I trust my skills well enough to know how each image will turn out. It humbles me to hear someone say “just shoot it your way” since much of my work is inspired by dreams, memories, human emotion, and human interaction. I believe each image captured is a fresh wound; moments that just happened, and will later develop a scar.
Saturday, May 11 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Waller Gallery 2420 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21218