This month’s publication of the British Journal of Photography features the work of Thomas Mailaender. Two of the images immediately caught my eye. Last Friday I had a video chat with my tutor and he said that assignment 5 should be something that comes out of the other assignments, or is a continuation, etc.
So in pondering that I was thinking I would photograph myself again, but instead the pessimistic part of me that I chose not to reveal in A3. So when I saw this exhibition, it sparked an idea.
I really liked this idea of putting something on the skin that carries meaning of some kind. I am not sure how I would make this work for my purposes, but it is something I am thinking about.
In the magazine write-up he says “I like the melancholic aspect of the human condition.” He also focuses on the fact that we are not perfect as humans and raises his daughters with this idea. I think this is a really healthy approach to both being a human but also to being a parent. What a gift in fact.