Due to the recent shutdown of most businesses including the university and their facilities, I have no option to be able to process, scan, print or output my work. Initially all of my work starts with the negatives/ slides and a sketchbook of ideas around a project, I would then make physical contact sheets and single prints all of my work then digitise it all and then select work to be posted onto this website. So I need to think of a new way to get around these problems. For me I have no problem to shoot my project and then wait until somewhere can process the work for me and scan it in, there is no rush, but I have a university brief to adhere to, which requires a fast turn around. With all of these limitations I have come up with some ideas.
Because I have not even been able to get out any digital equipment from the university either then all I have to use is my phones camera, or the webcam built into my Macbook.
I could create digital imagery through corrupting the data of the files to represent the current situation of the world. Uncertainty, biological corruption, chaos, etc.
I could keep in the same mindset of the current work I am producing, Hip Hop, visualising this subculture through photographic processes, alternative processes and straight documentary.
I could go against my whole philosophy of creating at a relatively slow pace using analogue equipment, by photographing with my smart phone and making it as easy as possible. - I find this a problem for me, I am a photographer who loves the process and the chemistry of each photograph, in my world I am so focused on getting beautiful and meaningful photographs by understanding simultaneously the limitations of my analogue equipment with the situations I find myself in, it's like I am working with my equipment, it is a part of the resolution. If I use digital equipment I feel as if I am allowing the work to become filtered with modern ideology and disposability philosophy, I would be de-valuing my masterpieces. The difference between a handmade photograph and a digital image on the phone is that the handmade prints are mine and I understand what i'm looking at, the photograph and the content become the focus, I can have a conversation about reality without any other bullshit. But I find that the digital data image is constructed by nano processes that relate to electricity, circuitry and the overtake of other information sources.
The phone is a source of information that is not only visual, it is a computer consisting of very complex workings, that no one understands when then look at it. It outputs and inputs sounds that can connect to other phones all over the planet etc etc. I use the right tool for the right jobs. I use my phone to call. I use my camera to photograph because they are for different purposes, I want to have a conversation directly through photographs and I want that to be obvious.
So what I really want to do is maintain ownership of my work through the processes and creation of physical prints, books, negatives and slides, I do not want to submit to the mass mashup of disposable content that is inexhaustible already. My work is different, I am inspired by great works, great people and conversation that actually invests in figuring out something rather than nothing. Something with value that looks beyond material and objective mindsets.