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Phroems

Always trying to make the connections between photography and poetry. Where those intersections lie… What makes the POETIC in photography… Sequences? Particular concepts? Theory itself–or its articulation, through photography… An ongoing venture that seeks to locate these intersections, that seeks to find the happening of the poetic in and through the photographic. Form genres to sequentiality’s to narratives, to manifestos and theory, to single images in which poetic emerges… Through many smaller atomic enterprises, various nodes, a variety of micro-endeavors…

 

Archiviana

On a trip to Conarneau in 1997, I found a postcard in a shop with four people posing in front of the clock of the encampment at a certain hour. Too god to be true, I then placed the same photograph in the same spot, and took some shots with and without. This was the manifesto of photography, really, the perfect play with presence and absence. And I could even imagine how one could create a ‘project’ dedicated to doing something similar – even though it was not my cup of tea to do that kind of thing (I later read of an artist who was doing just that. Name?) Many years later, in my office at MoMA, I was going through some of my prints that I had recently shown, and something stuck me: the posture of a man in a bus in Santo Domingo (and I remembered exactly where I had taken it), looked eereily similar to a work by… what, what was it that it looked like? Aha, I was just back from the Virginia Musuem of Fine Arts where I had done a workshop: it was … My archives, the world: there was a whole other universe of connections, unknown, somehow… and the process of digging, into what is already there, to create, rather than create, and fashion archives…

 

Baham

Don’t just shoot the pics and show. Because… whenever you show, everyone fashions tales: remembers, recounts, makes up, a story, often all rolled into one. SO: in an ongoing construction, facilited by new modalities of photosharing and showing, where, the cumulation becomes the work. In essence, a narraphoto cumulation, shown in different locales (small bars to big centers) while simultaneously, people’s reactions are written down and archived. At once a commentary on work creation as it is on storyteling, as much as it is the joyful capting of tales, and an embrace of the unfinished…

 

Phototheography

The endless and fascinating debates on the nature of photography are still, in many ways in their infancy. This section gathers thoughts, mediations, poetic musings, conversations, writings, lectures and critical works on photography. It’s photography through the alphabetical lens, in effect. Which I’m adamant about assembling within the overall Photonameh. A theory in motion, a fluid theory/praxis, pointing the way to how the overall endeavor, the overall is all that counts…