One of my favorite ideas from this summer was the 'bikers/banners' plot. This was a truly ambitious plan to take a photo of a group of bikers with encouraging banners flying behind their bikes. It was inspired by a Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher project called "Learning to Love You More". The project involved a website where art assignments were posted, the resulting work was compiled on the site and in a book of the same name. I highly recommend checking them out. Here I will post a couple examples of the assignment that inspired us: Assignment #63 Make an encouraging banner.
R:Wheat Wurtzburger and Anna Kerlin, Orlando, Florida USA L: Claire and Tim, Winchester, ENGLAND
R: Ashley Valverde, Kansas City, Missouri USA L: Ashley, Washington, D.C. USA
The four by fives did not come out, however we did get some cool shots with digital cameras and had a lot of fun. Abby posted a couple of pics of the event on her blog (abbybanks.blogspot.com) find them here: Abby Banks: the gang's all here.
Photo credits: Abby Banks, Raina Carter, Kia Ladd-Griffin, Aiden O'Donell, Helen Jones, Sarah Rice, Josh Steele
Thanks, especially to the riders... KiaLadd-Griffin, AidenO'Donell, and Josh Steele.
The Large Format Group is a collaborative photography project based in Brattleboro, Vermont and Portland, Oregon. Our idea is that making large-format staged pictures with others is a fun way to stay involved with photography, share ideas, costs, different talents, and motivate each other. We hope that creating art, as a community, will fuel our own individual work; as well as producing unique cooperative results. Our photographs are often whimsical, mysteries, playful, and have a sense of a shared adventure. Our influences include: Jeff Wall, Gregory Crewdson, Tom Hunter, Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee, Justine Kurland, Sally Mann, and more. Because we work in a group participating in the LFG does not necessarily mean being behind (or in front) of the camera, there are many ways to contribute.