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XP : Could you please elaborate on how this project came about? How did you manage to stumble upon such a remote location as Jasper, Arkansas?
MG : I had been making photographs in a distinct forest called The Lost Pines, about twenty minutes or so south of Austin, Texas. This place is uncommon because it’s considered a “pine island.” It’s one of many in Texas. It’s a disjunct group of loblolly pines that is over 100 miles separated from the vast expanse of pine forests in east Texas. It’s completely divorced from the source. The Lost Pines is the most western island in the pine archipelago that eventually connects to the Ozarks. I had started making pictures in The Lost Pines and eventually made my way to the other islands. After awhile, I got impatient and went straight to the source. My first couple of days in the Ozarks were a bust, but once I made it to Newton County, things began to fall into place. Newton is the least p...
Aserica had the chance to interview the raw and controversial photographer; Bex Day. Bex’s work tackles issues of representation and marginalization, pushing back against normative constructions of beauty. Her work unapologetically and with utmost humanity promotes values of gender fluidity and diversity.
XP: Your work seems to be a fresh air in a photographic industry dominated by traditional and normative representations of beauty. Representations of marginalized groups such as the disabled have historically been subject to a certain normative gaze where people from these social categories are turned into some type of spectacle. How do you go about photographing individuals from marginalized communities without it becoming some act of fetishization or act of ‘othering’?
BD: Thank you. This is always at the forefront of my mind whenever I engage in any type of documentary series focusing on marginalized communities. M...
As an ambitious portrait photographer, David Thompson explores the intricacies of representing the human face. Having been featured in various publications like Vogue and the New York Times Magazine, he undoubtedly has a respected approach to the photographic medium. Aserica had a chance to ask him a few questions about his work.
XP: How would you describe yourself as a photographer?
DT: Well it’s hard to talk about one’s self, but I think I’m a very committed and experienced professional photographer, sometimes to the point of being a bit obsessive.
I’m quite good at dealing with people and through the photographic process, getting something essential out of them and into the image. I like my sessions to be a very collaborative experience between me and my subjects.
I’ve been told that I have a deep understanding of the craft of photography, as I have shot extensively on everything from 10” x 8” large form...
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