Over the past year I’ve become increasingly obsessed by documentary photography, an obvious side-effect of my fondness for the X series cameras. The single image out of context has lost a lot of its appeal for me and I’m now much more interested in series, stories tied together by a common thread.
I don’t necessarily mean actual reportage or straight up photojournalism but viewpoints, be they social, political, visual or poetic.
I do a lot of essays on this blog, posts which are often very “stream of consciousness”. They allow me to indulge in a somewhat chaotic form of storytelling that I very much enjoy and would like to expand upon.
So I’ve decided to branch out a bit and add a new sub-blog to the site called EDITIONS. It’s basically a journal exclusively dedicated to these essays and stories. Since the main page never shows more than the latest post, I’ve created a cleaner, simpler layout that I feel greatly benefits the photography. The images are bigger and less compressed throughout.
Admittedly, I also intend this to be a showcase for the type of work I would really, really like to be doing full-time. So I’ll only be updating this section on a monthly basis and I’ll probably be repackaging older content as well as adding new material. I want this to be a series-based portfolio instead of a genre sorted collection of images. I’ve also chosen to disable comments in keeping with the portfolio vocation. I have to say I struggled with this one but in the end, it’ll keep the layout clean and will help centralize the conversations to this blog, making management easier.
Btw, This is part of a re-organization of the site and a coming overhaul of the portfolio section. Well, most of the site really. I thought I’d be using Squarespace V6 to do this but frankly, it’s just not realistic in its present form. Way too many constraints with the new template-based editing and I’m not impressed by the speed of the new galleries on the iPad, or the entire mobile layouts system for that matter.
But that’s another story…