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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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BJ Cary

SPE Member since 2010
Member Chapter: Midwest

Jackson Pollock: A Visible Energy

These are a collection of photographs taken during the rehearsals for a production titled "Jackson Pollock: A Visible Energy". It is the second production I have had the privilege of photographing, and the first that I've been able to actually perform in. The rehearsal are still going on, and the performances begin May 5, 2013.

This new opportunity to perform alongside the people I am photographing has offered a more intimate look into the production process. Where before, with "Blue Mule", I was an outsider looking in, so to speak, this time I am one of the participants. This has freed me up to feel a greater connection to the other actors in order to capture more intimate moments.

Along with the rehearsals, I have had the opportunity to create some events outside of, but related to, the production of this play. A few of the images in this series are a part of one of these events. I invited the two actors portraying Jackson Pollock, an older and younger version, to come into the studio and perform for my class. In one set, a canvas was laid down and Pollock painted for my students, while the other set was put together to accommodate some more formal portraiture. I carries a Fuji X100 camera to capture these moments as my class fired off 4x5 cameras in both sets.

These images are a collaboration between photographer and actor. The goal being to show the intimate relationship that both of these artists share with the world, while asserting the creative relationship that actors and photographers share with each other.

Doug, Older Pollock

Setting Up Timeline


Copy of Old Photo

Younger Observing Older Pollock

Pollock in Action

Vernon and Ashley (Lee Krasner)


Canvas Size



Pollock with Clear Painting


Older Pollock with Young Krasner

Lee Krasner and Reflection


Paint Flying

Paint Can with Canvas

Inspecting Canvas

Gennardo, Younger Pollock

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