Thursday, January 29, 2009

Probably another week or so of Irish Grandmother and then we'll move on. It's nice for me to put them all out there, here on the blog. It makes me edit down a little and then whenever I open the blog I get to see them again, and a new understanding of what's working and what's not dawns on me. But now I'm at that point where I'm almost sick of this project and feel the need to move on. This year was the third year that I went to Ireland in December to photograph my grandmother and it's always around now (end of Jan, beginning of Feb) that I begin to feel that it's all been done and that I shouldn't go back next year. Then by the time September comes around I feel the need to go back again. Recently I heard David McMillan talk about his Chernobyl series. He said that the first time he went he thought that he only needed to go once, and yet he has gone back just about every year for the past 15 years. I'm not saying that this Irish Grandmother project is anything as epic as that. There are definitely some problems with this subject that has been done so many times before (as Muse-ings mentions here). As an aside David McMillan mentioned that one of the things that originally inspired him to go to Chernobyl was an article by Alan Weisman. Weisman has since written a great book called "The World Without Us". Definitely worth a read. One of the best books I read in 2008.

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