Absence, Photography, and Friendship

10 thoughts on “Absence, Photography, and Friendship”

  1. Amazing, touching personal photos!

    And no hipster nonsense – Film is real, digital is just pictures.

    You hit a chord in my soul there I think. I take too many (almost exclusively) photos of strangers, of streets, of buildings and things that do not really really relate to me. I guess I’ll start annoying family and friends with my camera now… thanks

  2. My brother.

    You almost make me cry. To tell you the truth I’m so happy your back into film, it was depressing me to see your photos on digital, that may sound vein and shallow but I feel your film photos to the bone.

    Brother spoko

  3. I agree with Frank, and somewhat strangely, reading this article and the expression of your feeling around the sense of attachment to film and distance from digital, struck an epiphanic chord with me. For me at least, I have found digital, whilst initially liberating, making a significant contribution to my growing apathy around picture taking/making. I suspect many of us who follow your work and thoughts can relate to and identify with many of these questions and the answers you arrive at. The recurring question for me is, why am I doing this, as it invariably feels like I’m making myself take pictures without any real reason or connection to myself. I believe film for me helps in reconnecting with the reason why, the subject and the final image in a very physical as well as emotional sense. More hipster nonsense? quite possibly ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. I love this series and what you say here, Josh, about shooting meaninful pictures and what those are, friendship-celebrating ones, is deeply touching. You are celebrating closeness, and indeed what are we without closeness?
    Film vs/ digital, I don’t know that it matters as much as the subject. But if the ‘preciousness’ of a tangible output makes you more deliberate in your shooting, why not…
    Thanks for getting back to this blog!

  5. Seems like this last couple of months have been a pivotal moment for you, photography wise. Taking photos of those closest to us can give our photography a reboot in times of a lull, I too have felt this. There is less pressure to please an audience, you only have yourself to please, from such things more soulful images emerge… a time to treasure.

  6. No matter what you’re shooting, film or digital, this was truly touching, and the photos are souful life keepers, a true celebration of friendship and art, which is so rare to see.

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