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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Austin Holmes

SPE Member since 2015
Member Chapter: South Central

Photos with Grandmother

Growing up in a family strongly concerned with having printed photographs and albums, my inspiration for photographing my relatives isn't hard to trace. Flipping through tangible printed pieces showing your loved ones at home, on vacation, at work, etc. fosters a sense of identity. Viewing images like these helps to mold an almost micro culture that each family develops.

I decided in early 2015 to make my grandmother the focus of a series about family and home. Being the most direct and honest source of inspiration for my photography, she gave me my first film camera 10 years ago.

This body of work is small but growing rapidly. I began by carrying a simple 35mm rangefinder camera, but soon stepped up to a large format view camera to make my images. I wanted to take advantage of a more personal, intimate mode if recording images due to the subject matter being just that: personal.

This series of images does embrace the type of rule breaking one can do with a view camera. Intentionally tilting or shifting the front standard too far, encouraging a vignette or thin field of focus, and so on.

RA4 and silver gelatin contact prints of the entire series (and more) will be at the 2016 SPE National Conference in Las Vegas.

Modern Pilgrim






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