My friend, John Hornbeck, is a photographer I admire a lot. It’s almost uncanny how similar our photographic styles and subject matter are. The more we talk the more I realize how much we share in terms of our favorite photographers, styles, etc. And, although I’ve only ever talked to John online, I consider him a big influence on my own photography. He is incredibly prolific, much more so than me, and he proved it again by releasing two digital photobooks on issuu.com in the last month. I can’t say enough about how much I like them.
I think skyfall above is a good example of something that John described at one point about a modern provoke style.
“I know a lot of photographers who draw inspiration from the Japanese Provoke era of photography and attempt to reproduce the “are, bure, boke” style with both digital and film cameras, but I’m starting to think we have missed the point.
I’ve seen Moriyama’s current work criticized because he mostly uses a low res digital camera and that it can’t produce the same quality of print that his old film cameras could, but isn’t he following the original idea? Isn’t low res digital images the modern version of grainy film in the 60s and 70s? Grain wasn’t seen as a positive thing by most, which is why it’s part of the blurred, grainy, out of focus style.
Now that we have digital and the artifacts of digital are the digital hatching you see in low res jpegs, the digital noise in low light, the pixels showing when blown up, and even the glitches.
Would the modern “Bye Bye Photography” contain destructive, low res, glitched jpegs, instead of digital photos attempting to be something they are not? I think it might, and we’re holding onto something that was more of a mindset, instead of an actual process to be copied over and over.”