2011 Photography Thesis
All images are (c) Valerie Leek. They were shot from Winter 2010 to Spring 2011. As you may remember, I posted a few images that I’d never shared on the web back in September…As the weather gets colder, I am constantly reminded of the anxieties I had while preparing my thesis last winter/spring. The smell of cold, crisp air reminds me of most of my time in BFA photo. I spent my weekends driving to the middle of nowhere to take pictures. I endured the cold, the rain, acquired cuts and scrapes, got stuck in the mud, jumped into a lake at the end of February, trespassed, ran away from a dog, carried a heavy 4×5 view camera to photograph landscapes in the dead cold of winter, etc. etc. And they say photography is easy?
I took over 1500 images while preparing for my thesis… yes… 1500. I don’t know if this is a good thing or not… but I occasionally go back and look at these photos. Although these images definitely didn’t work out for my show, it’s important for me to appreciate the work I created regardless as to where it ended up, or how relevant it was at the time. Who knows… I could use these again for something… someday.
Although…. some of the names of the folders that I found these images in are “Nope,” or “No way.” How creative…
I’m finding that I really miss conceptual photography. When my thesis was done and over with, I was seriously ready to take a break from photography as art. I think this dry spell is over, and I’m getting excited to get back in the game again. Once I acquire this film scanner I keep speaking of, I’ll be diving back into the realm of film,
Fun fact: I baked three cakes (and purchased a 4th from the grocery store) and set all of them on fire to get the perfect shot. Although I redid the original photo shoot 3 additional times, I ended up going with my first image. Trial and error, my friends.