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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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Roddy Macinnes

Roddy
Macinnes

SPE Member since 2004
Member Chapter: Southwest

Roddy Macinnes

SPE member since 2004
Prince of Wales Island, Alaska
Archival ink-jet photograph

Roddy Macinnes

SPE member since 2004
Self-Portrait, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Archival ink-jet photograph

Roddy Macinnes

SPE member since 2004
Self-Portrait, Hotel Room, Flagstaff, Arizona
Archival ink-jet photograph

Roddy Macinnes

SPE member since 2004
Self-Portrait, Susanville, Oregon
Archival ink-jet photograph

Roddy Macinnes

SPE member since 2004
Self-Portrait, Motel Room, Somewhere Southeastern United States
Archival ink-jet photograph

Roddy Macinnes

SPE member since 2004
Self-Portrait, Motel Room, Somewhere, Southwestern United States
Archival ink-jet photograph from 35mm slide

Roddy Macinnes

SPE member since 2004
Self-Portrait, near Mayer, Arizona
Archival ink-jet photograph, from 35mm slide

Roddy Macinnes

SPE member since 2004
Self-Portrait, Juneau Beach, Florida
Archival ink-jet photograph, from 35mm slide

Roddy Macinnes

SPE member since 2004
Self-Portrait, Motel Room, Phoenix, Arizona
Archival ink-jet photograph, from 35mm slide

Roddy Macinnes

SPE member since 2004
Self-Portrait, Motel Room, Phoenix, Arizona
Archival ink-jet photograph, from 35mm slide

about

The value of photographs was apparent to me at a young age. The recollection of my relatives arranging and re-arranging themselves in front of the camera to memorialize happy events had a profound effect, and was for many years how I used the photographic process. During a short stay in high school I was more interested in what was happening outside the window than what was going on in the classroom, so 'out the window' became a metaphor for my life. I left home at a young age set on a course for adventure and a strong impulse to keep a personal photographic record.

Via a non-traditional and circuitous route to higher education I was a merchant seaman, a fur trader, a bush pilot and a minerals prospector, among other things. My relationship with photography in the beginning was extremely naïve, but it was also persistent. I maintained a record of my experiences with photographs but realized later that connecting with the world through the camera was not a conscious activity at that time. Stimulation in my visual field would trigger a response to celebrate the moment by taking a picture, but I didn't think to ask why. At age thirty-five, I enrolled in a photography degree course, consequently, my relationship with photography evolved towards a more conscious practice.

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