Outerfocus 44 - Kathryn Mayo

This week we welcome Kathryn Mayo to the Outerfocus Podcast.

Not content with what could be described as ‘straight’ photography Kathryn’s work utilises antique processes and often incorporates found materials, fabric and objects.

Kathryn is also a photography educator and has been teaching photography full time at Cosumnes River College since 2007 where she teaches a broad range of classes in film, digital imaging and manipulation, photo history and alternative photographic processes.  

For her most recent project, which we discuss, she temporarily relocated to her hometown of Selma, Alabama while she completed her latest body of work, We Are Selma:  The Selma Portrait Project.

© Kathryn Mayo

© Kathryn Mayo

As with so many of the conversations recorded for Outerfocus we could have gone on for another couple of hours. Kathryn’s knowledge of photography history, insight into the power of photography and her clear love for the medium is apparent here. It’s always a pleasure for me to talk with photographers who see past the aesthetic and value the process as a tool for self discovery.

I hope you enjoy this conversation. I know I certainly did.

If you like what we are doing here at Outerfocus and find our archive of conversations useful, you can help to secure its future by subscribing to our Patreon page. Theres a link in the side bar ———>

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Our plan is to grow Outerfocus into a force within the photography industry that stands for honesty, integrity and the promotion of the highest quality photography being made today. From established masters, to the relatively unheard of.

Also, the Outerfocus website includes an ever growing library of suggested books, information on our upcoming awards and the listener driven photo series, take 5.

You can subscribe to the Outerfocus Podcast through different tiers on Patreon, which will also give you free entries to our up coming awards. 

Thank you for your donations, you are making the photography industry a little bit better.

Kathryn’s Links:

The Selma Project

We are Selma Audio

Wet Plate Collodion Workshops

Instagram

Ian’s Links

Website

Instagram

Ian Weldon - Photography Education

Music - James William Nicholson

Peace out!

See you in two weeks.

Ian

Outerfocus 43 - Chris Suspect

I’m trying to move away from long drawn out show notes that explain everything we cover in these conversations. The whole point of the podcast is to listen and make up your own mind. The fun, for me, was always in the discovery of the work, the photographer, and coming to my own understanding of who they were/are. Have a dig around and you’ll find a lot of information on Chris Suspect. You’ll also find a whole load of great photographs, stories and interviews. (Exploring FAITH)

A bass player formerly of, The Suspects, Chris tells us how he came to photography through looking at images he could use for band posters. He specialises in capturing absurd and profound moments in the quotidian and his street photography work has been recognised internationally and has been exhibited in Miami, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Romania, Georgia and the United Kingdom.

It was great to talk with Chris and we could have gone on for another hour and a half, easily. I very much hope that you enjoy this conversation.

Chris also mentions a secret (or at least unassociated) instagram account he has, and if you find it he’ll give you a print from that account.

Game on!

If you like what we are doing here at Outerfocus and find our archive of conversations useful, you can help to secure its future by subscribing to our Patreon page. Theres a link in the side bar ———>

From as little as the cost of a beer or two per month you can support the podcast and our ideas for the future, which include short documentaries on photographers, and funding and grants to support documentary photography and art projects. 

Our plan is to grow Outerfocus into a force within the photography industry that stands for honesty, integrity and the promotion of the highest quality photography being made today. From established masters, to the relatively unheard of.

Also, the Outerfocus website includes an ever growing library of suggested books, information on our upcoming awards and the listener driven photo series, take 5.

You can subscribe to the Outerfocus Podcast through different tiers on Patreon, which will also give you free entries to our up coming awards. 

Thank you for your donations, you are making the photography industry a little bit better.

Chris’s Links

Website

Blog

Day of the Dead Workshop 

Instagram

Ian’s Links

Website

Instagram

Ian Weldon - Photography Education

Music - James William Nicholson

Peace out!

See you in two weeks.

Ian

Outerfocus 42 - Graeme Oxby

I always like the conversations I have for the podcast to sound like just that, conversations. Sometimes it’s difficult to relax into it because of nerves, from myself and from the guest, but overall I think it’s the most natural way to find out about other photographers. It’s not necessarily about the work itself.

I found my voice by understanding photographers, and relating to photographers, and I hope that this approach will do the same for you.

This week’s episode is probably one of my favourites to date. I like Graeme’s attitude and that reflects in his work. It’s honest, and what more can we ask for in photography.

Welcome to the Outerfocus Podcast!

© Graeme Oxby - The Kings of England

© Graeme Oxby - The Kings of England

I came to Graeme’s work quite recently through mutual friends, and his inclusion in the 2018 book, Invisible Britain.

As a film maker he has made music videos and commercials as well working on TV and film commissions. Graeme wrote, produced and directed “Shotgun Dave Rides East” starring Peter Capaldi, funded by The UK Film Council in 2004, before developing a feature project “Perfect Match” in 2005. 

As a photographer he has produced a large body of commercial work along side many personal projects. Most notably his project on Elvis Impersonators entitled "The Kings Of England"  which was published as a book in September 2018 by Bluecoat Press.

At present he lectures in photography at the University Of Lincoln, and was an External Examiner at University Of West London. His work is held in the collection of the Michael Komechak O.S.B. Art Gallery, Benedictine Univeristy in Chicago IL.

A great conversation. I very much hope that you enjoy it.

Buy Graeme Oxby’s, The Kings of England, direct.

Details in his instagram bio.

If you like what we are doing here at Outerfocus and find our archive of conversations useful, you can help to secure its future by subscribing to our Patreon page. Theres a link in the side bar ———>

From as little as the cost of a beer or two per month you can support the podcast and our ideas for the future, which include short documentaries on photographers, and funding and grants to support documentary photography and art projects. 

Our plan is to grow Outerfocus into a force within the photography industry that stands for honesty, integrity and the promotion of the highest quality photography being made today. From established masters, to the relatively unheard of.

Also, the Outerfocus website includes an ever growing library of suggested books, information on our upcoming awards and the listener driven photo series, take 5.

You can subscribe to the Outerfocus Podcast through different tiers on Patreon, which will also give you free entries to our up coming awards. 

Thank you for your donations, you are making the photography industry a little bit better.

Graeme’s Links:

Website

Instagram

The Kings of England Vimeo

Ian’s Links

Website

Instagram

Ian Weldon - Photography Education

Music - James William Nicholson

Peace out!

See you in two weeks.

Ian

Outerfocus 41 - Agnieszka Sosnowska

“For a long time I thought that photographs showed the viewer what the world looked like. It wasn’t until college that I learned that a photograph could tell a story. While studying photography at Massachusetts College of Art I began a series of self portraits that now span 25 years. I was 18 years old when I began to take them. These self portraits helped me better understand who I was and what I hoped to become. I still continue to make these self-portraits, but in a new setting: in 2005 I married an Icelander and moved to a farm in the eastern part of Iceland” - Agnieszka Sosnowska

02_My Belt.Heraðssandur, Iceland. 2011 .jpg

Welcome to the Outerfocus Podcast!

This week I’m joined by, Agnieszka Sosnowska, from her bed. Polish born and raised in Massachusetts, Agnieszka now lives and works in the rural east of Iceland. We talk broken feet, education, some music, the problems of cohabitation, oh, and photography. Obviously.

Agnieszka has a whole host of exhibitions, residencies, and grants to her name and it was great to talk with her about her work and process. It’s a rare thing that a staged photograph can look so natural, but her mix of social documentary, story telling and fine art bring about the most compelling of photographs.

Her latest exhibition, Myth of a Woman, opens on 4th May at The National Museum of Iceland.

I hope you enjoy our conversation.

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