Untitled, JiaShan, China, 2008 copyright of Douglas Stockdale
Words can have an emtional impact and I am guilt of sometimes not paying close enough attention. Such that when I am working on a body of work, this case the photographs from China, I sometimes interchange the two words project and series. For most, probably not a big deal.
But I was reminded in a recent post by Kjell Andersen, for those whose day job is in the technical project management world, a “project” cares a lot of overtones and hidden baggage. Yes, a project does imply being somewhat organized and understanding that there is a sequence of tasks to accomplish. But in a technical project management day-job, there is a very strong emphasis on time schedule. Very strong pressures by a bunch of usually senior folks.
In my case, folks are not interested in paying for a consulting firm if they do not have too. So when the project is really fouled up, now the completion date is late and going to be later, then we are asked to come in and work some wonders. We usually can, but it is very stressful. Thus, I was reminded that when I now use that same project word with my photographs, I have some emotional triggers and carrying some unneeded baggage.
Not a good idea when you are attempting to be creative. There is no deadlines for being creative and probably just the opposite, as creative also means things getting messy.
So for here on out, projectmanagement is my day job, while with my photographic endeavors, I will work on a series of photographs. The word series does not have that same emotional baggage for me. It is a looser or softer word to define what it is coming together. It allows me more latitude and releases me from some of the get ‘er done self imposed time restraints.
Ahhhh, that does feel much better. And I find that I am now looking at some of these images a little differently, pulling some of the photographs out of obscurity, that are a bit vague, but now equally meaningful. nice.
Like the one with this post, trees which were planted to hide the traces of a recent Hutong demolition and now a pending redevelopment.
Best regards, Doug