The WB boys asked me to write about recent trends in U.S. photography, but I’ve been hard-pressed to find any trends which are exclusively American. The internet has allowed us to see great photo work from all over the world and therefore pick and choose which “schools” of photography we want to align with. I find my work and aesthetic tastes are more similar with artists in, let’s say, Serbia or Korea than they are with photographers in my own country. So instead I’d like to bring up a photography trend that I’ve been seeing on the internet, PHOTO DUOS, and highlight two strong examples from Los Angeles.
Day19, Claire & Jeremy Weiss
JUCO, Julia Galdo & Cody Cloud
Photo duos aren’t a new idea, but lately I have been seeing a lot of good work by photo teams from all over the world (including Nik & Luke of WB!). As a solo artist and photographer it’s easy to get down one’s work when you’re the sole source of motivation. Working as a team isn’t for everyone, but I think it’s always important to have a sounding board, whether that be a partner, mentor or creative community.
DISCUSS! MAKE! Keep going.