“This photograph was taken on the rooftop of my first apartment in New York. It took so long to find a job/apt in the city, and when I finally got here it still felt like I was on the outside looking in. Spending cold nights on the roof looking at the skyline.”
As a young photographer, James is busy exploring the medium and figuring out what he wants to say with his work. He’s well on his way, already amassing an eclectic portfolio from the last couple of years that explores street, personal, landscape and experimental. In one experimental project he explores “the use of films to create photographic images.” Often using multiple exposures, the effect can be hypnotizing and disorienting. The images work not only because of the pop sensibility of using known imagery, but because they are well made photographs with great color and composition.
Editing is challenging. And in the age of the internet with its multiple distribution channels, it’s easy to constantly send out new work into the world. After following James for awhile, I’ve noticed that he very disciplined and selective about what he chooses to show online. He makes sure every photograph works, and not only works but fits the vocabulary he’s attempting to create. This slow approach is refreshing, and something to think about.
Before I invited James to become an LPV editor, I invited him to contribute to The LPV Collection. He was one of my first choices because I believe in his talent and know he’ll produce interesting, visually exciting work for many years to come.
In this photograph, we see the New York skyline. The double exposure creates a frenetic reverberation of the skyline. The bottom skyline acts as an anchor, our anchor to reality. While the top skyline seemingly floats away into the sky, slightly to the left and almost disappearing. And with this photograph, James statement adds a punch. This is the view of a young photographer about to start his adventure in one of the most overwhelming cities in the world. He has a clear view of the majestic skyline, but he’s on the outside looking in, wondering if he can make it in the city or if it will simply float away from him like it has for so many others. I’m confident it won’t take long for James to be on the inside looking out.