“With just the smallest bit of neglect, the heart too can become neglected and begin to fill with worldly desires. This is why we must do the laundry.”
4945 hours ago
So lovely sitting on Gwen's porch learning a little about her life. Gwen is the 5th person I've met for my new work titled, "What's Your Father's Name." As I meet new people in my community I'm astounded at how generous each one is with their time. Thank you Teri for this wonderful introduction.
ABOUT THIS WORK: A common question heard in Cape Breton, the part of Canada where I grew up, is "What's your father's name?" It's used to “to put people in their place in the community. It is the sign of a society based community rather than a person based one.” Now, I live in Saskatchewan. The question "What's your father's name?" is not a part of the culture here but as a way of getting to know the community I now live in, I’m making a series of portraits of people who live in Fort Qu’Appelle and the surrounding area. I am asking each person I photograph to suggest the next person for me to photograph. The reason I’m doing this is to not only to get to know more people, but also to visually place them within the community – Bob knows Monique, who in turn knows this person, and so on.
I’m hoping to meet people from various backgrounds and of different ages. In a time when so many people are thirsty for a sense of belonging, acceptance, and community, many are turning to social media, spending time on Facebook, Instagram, or twitter, but I want to get to know people by meeting them face to face, heartbeat to heartbeat.
P.S. *Thank you also to Mildred Lynn McDonald who wrote so beautifully about "what's your father's name" on her blog and for making it all so clear for me. #ﬁlmisnotdead#portraitphotography#portrait#Saskatchewan#ishootfilm#blackandwhiteportraitphotography#blackandwhiteportrait#portrait#portraitphotography#verasaltzman#whatsyourfathersname#filmphotography#portraiture#saskatchewanartist#canadianartist#postthepeople#portraitpage#verasaltzman#flakphotorecs
Four years ago, @wiljax was giving me an informal portfolio review and he told me about SlowExposures. “Submit,” he said. So I did. This formative advice has led to deep friendships and even the founding of @duesouthcoop. You never know where these four slow days in Pike County will lead you! You have until midnight tomorrow to submit!
// @ashleighcoleman here sharing past work that was included in SlowE exhibitions