Andy Goldsworthy and SoFoBoMo 2009

When I signed up for SoFoBoMo 2009, I had no idea what my photographic project was going to be. So it was a DaDa moment and I just arbitrarily made up a weird title as a place holder. Hopefully no harm done, eh?

And perhaps today is a convergence of ongoing thoughts and random occurrences. Okay, that’s my life.

I will try to be brief, but here is what seems to have happened today. I finalized my LBCC PhotoFest half day presentation, and I am waiting for some digital book photos for one of my pending reviews to finish my illustrations for photo projects. So the whole underlying reason for a photographic project has been on my mind.

Concurrently, I have been putting the finishing touches on my folio Foundations, with an update on my thoughts about why I photograph the natural landscape. Hint, I have the emotional internal dialog which is not getting on paper very easily. sigh.

Then, not that I don’t have enough books already, I stooped at the local large Borders, which does a pretty decent job of stocking current photographic books, and sure enough, America by Zoe Strauss caught my eye. And it  did end up coming home with me, but I am not going to get to write about it on The Photo Book until probably May. That doesn’t mean I will not be reading it a bunch of times before then!

AND the recent book by Andy Goldsworthy, Enclosure, caught my eye. Now this is where it gets interesting. BTW it did come down to budgetary constraints, and Strauss won this round. Anyhow, back to my story:  Goldsworthy creates sculptures, which include transitory works in Nature, usually in the U.K., his home base. And he also photographs his own work and his photographs are wonderful! As he stated in one of his earlier books, Hand to Earth,

“Taking the photograph is not a casual act. It is very demanding and a balance is kept in which documentation does not interrupt the making.” and he continues “Each work grows, stays, decays – integral parts of a cycle which the photograph shows at its height, marking the moment when the work is most alive. There is an intensity about a work at its peak that I hope is expressed in the image.”

Well done Andy, both in the creativity of the work, which for me includes the photographic traces.

Well something triggered an interesting idea for me. During the period a few years back when I was mostly painting, I did a small transatory project on the beach in San Diego. I created some two dimensional works in an area where the top layer of sand was much lighter than the darker base strata just below, and mixed these in conjunction with the incoming tide. And I did take some photographs, but I did not think much of the photographic capture of the work at the time. It was a lot of play and discover.

So now with my currently developing series, Insomnia, I have been creating my own sets to further explore my ideas. So why not do the same for SoFoBoMo 2009, to create a series of works to be photographed? So now my mind is running, and my moleskin is getting a lot of good use, capturing a bunch of interrelated ideas on this concept. Now I have some time to dig a little deeper before this whole SoFoBoMo thing starts, to better outline my intent. nice.

Best regards, Doug

Editorial change: I had initially dropped the word “not” from Andy’s quote above in the second sentence, sorry about that. Now it is all good.

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  1. Doug, if you have any interest in Andy Goldsworthy, you ought to check out Rivers & Tides, a documentary about Goldsworhty’s work. Pretty sure Netflix has it.

  2. You have received inspiration by one of the true artists of our time. Andy Goldsworthy creates the most amazing earth works out of snow, leaves, rain, mud, and whatever is available that inspires him. He photographs them afterward as a record. I had the pleasure of meeting him in the early 1990’s at his first NY gallery showing. I was impressed with his artist’s spirit that cares more about the work than about the business side of the art world.

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