Saturday, April 24, 2010

A Series of Human Decisions.

A Series of Human Decisions. Photographs by Bill Jacobson. Text by Ian Berry. Decode Books, Seattle, 2009. 104 pp., 65 colour illustrations, 9x10".

American photographer Bill Jacobson is know for his blurred, soft focus photographs "which suggest the temporality of human existence. Whether shooting figures or landscapes, his work has been consistently ethereal, addressing the passage of time, loss, and the fading of personal and collective memories.

This volume presents a new body of work which, though now quite sharp and defined, is similar in that it presents fragments of both beauty and melancholy.

According to Jacobson the title 'refers the idea that we live in a highly constructed world. The world is just that, a series of human decisions, one layered upon another over time. We move constantly from one fabricated arena to another'.

The images here convey the idea that our creations and subsequent decisions to arrange objects in space become the evolving visual world which constantly surrounds us.

Each photograph conveys a human touch, suggesting this process is spiritual as well as practical.

The book includes an in-depth interview between the artist and Ian Berry, curator at the Tang Museum in Saratoga, New York. In the text Berry states that 'these photographs are quiet but they are also full of energy... Many are still, focused, and very concentrated, but never without a lot of buzzing around the edges'."
-- publisher's description.


susie_bubble said...

Love Jacobson... is it weird that I see movement in his still objects....

Rare Autumn said...

glad you liked susie!

I see movement in those photographs too, which is slightly odd as the shapes are very straight and almost graphic - somehow in the energy maybe..? (I actually see more movement in these than in the 'blurry' images he's more known for)