I have finally gotten around to posting the work that was up at the Reach! So if you didn't make it out to the show, here it is.
This series was started in my Photo IV class, for an assignment that asked us to shoot landscapes that engaged with the genre of landscape photography itself. This was a perfect assignment for me for a couple of reasons: 1) I have always felt rather insecure in my photography skills, and 2) this insecurity has always been exacerbated by the VAST amount of photos that exist in the world. Whenever I take a photo, I can't help but think that someone somewhere has probably taken, if not an identical image, than something fairly similar. And because I know I'm no Ansel Adams, they've probably done it better.
What this mind-set does is force me to lean towards projects that are heavier conceptually than they are technically. Projects that interrogate the act of recording images via photography (as #venividivici does) or that simply use photography as a tool to convey the concept, like in my series "Consuming Beauty."
So moral of the story: just 'cause you think you're bad at something doesn't mean you shouldn't do it. How else are you supposed to get any better?
“Every weakness contains within itself a strength.” ― Shūsaku Endō