Often times I come across a genre of work that is new to me in a way that I need to explore. Whether it be conceptual, landscape, or street photography, at times I might not feel a connection to it until I read the artist’s statement. Once I have digested their manifesto, suddenly I look at the same body of work with a new found appreciation. It’s as if a veil has been lifted, and I have a whole new level of understanding of the work that I just looked at a few moments ago. I suppose I could apply this situation to all my life circumstances, encounters, and relationships. A new approach with new information, rather than just from one point of view–mine. I am continually grateful for the opportunity to learn, grow, and continually adapt.
Serge J-F. Levy is a preeminent educator, and an intuitive and responsive artist. I feel he takes a daring approach to street photography that can only be accomplished by someone with a great deal of sensitivity. I had the opportunity to be a guest blogger for Feature Shoot where I had the chance to interview Levy on his project “Excuse Me Sir Did You Just Take My Picture?” I found his approach to street photography revealing and bold–directly involving himself in the experience rather than merely acting as voyeur. Despite the apparent defensive reaction from his subjects, there appears to be a more subtle level of vulnerability, which can only be captured by one who senses, and feels.
I also had the pleasure of interviewing Susan Falzone on her beautifully moving body of work “Grace.” This is a long term project that is near and dear to her heart, as it is an ongoing documentary about her aunt Grace as she suffers from Alzheimer’s. I also grew up being close to my grandparents, and in my family the older generation were highly revered. I feel it is something that we have moved away from as a society-an important connection to the wisdom and intelligence of the elderly, who have transcended challenges we will never know––as we become more youth obsessed.
Falzone is a story teller. She is devout in her eloquent manner of capturing every day moments––bringing a sentiment and compassion to her aunts tribulations.
Though both projects are very different in nature, there is a common bond that unites them. A quiet despair, and an ability to present unguarded empathy. Thank you Feature Shoot, Susan and Serge. I’m proud to know your work. You may view their projects in their entirety on their websites.