Artist Blog

Every week an artist whose single image was published by Der Greif is given a platform in which to blog about contemporary photography.
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Jul 27, 2020 - Ian C Bates

Driving. Quick u-turns, sliding gravel stops, passing by over and over until that courage reaches the top and boils over. Driving has always been a processor for me. It creates a space of creative freedom and never-ending stimulation of new landscapes and people passing by. The way I was making work for Meadowlark included a lot of time on the road. The spaces between the towns, cities and pit stops along destination-less journeys became the spaces in which I could process an interaction or find a new one to pursue.
The car is often an obvious tool for photographers. For someone who works in the world instead of the studio, the car becomes a home away from home. The time you get alone in the car after talking and photographing with people is invaluable to the next interaction or place you decide to go. But, it also allows you to reach places you’d never go, one turn and you find gold and the other you’re driving for hours with just dust left behind. It is the chance of driving that makes it important to the way I like to work. It opens the possibilities of the day.