Woke up this morning…
In Eight-bar Blues in Open G I try to focus on isolated individuals in the open space of a nondescript, almost generic city (G for Ghent).
The subjects in the photographs are on the move. They seem to be looking for their own space, a place to belong, both in the photograph as in the city they live in (and the world as a whole). Perhaps somehow just like I am as a photographer looking for my own place in the canon of photography. In that regard, and to some extent, these photographs can be seen as self-portraits.
Furthermore the prominent feel of melancholy, weariness and not fitting in makes this song a blues. Not the familiar and rigidly defined 12-bar blues but rather the colorful and embellished variations of the 8-bar blues. The city blues. A feeling that is emphasized by the ragged compositions, sloppy focus and rather chilly color grading.
Eight-bar Blues in Open G is an ongoing project. It started with eight images only, one for each bar. Then a pickup line was added, a front and back cover, and from time to time this blues gains a couple of new verses. Eight bars at a time.
You can see the complete Eight-bar Blues in Open G by clicking one of the images.
Ivan, your photos are absolutely beautiful from concept to capture to edit. Your love, care and dedication and respect for your art form shows. (Please excuse English; I do not speak your language )
Hi Kait, thank you very much for your kind words. I’m glad to learn that you enjoy the photographs.
Stay tuned because is a short while I will be updating the gallery ‘Mijn Gent’ (My Ghent).