Do the Priest differs from most of my other photographic work, which usually features a decidedly casual aesthetic. I frequently use small cameras with on-camera flash, which allow me to work quickly in almost any location. This approach also allows access to subjects that would otherwise be unobtainable. It’s possible to conceive and execute any image in the studio…and it’s impossible to conceive of everything in the studio. The permutations and possibilities are far too numerous. Furthermore, as indicated in the old, tired statement: Truth is stranger than fiction.
Put differently, images drawn from reality have a different charge to them. Or whatever noun one might wish to use: valence, agency, mood, atmosphere, etc. A picture inscribed with the residue of the everyday points to the simple fact that we are skin bags stuffed full of carbon, dust and atoms, on a planet traveling through the galaxy at 560,000 mph. Forms and shapes arise suddenly, and if timing, light, and luck align, a photograph is made that suggests at best an order that undergirds the universe, or at least the wondrous and comforting satisfaction of coincidence. I accept happily either possibility.