Being in art school means trying to create art within a short 2 week time frame. When my assignment came out to emulate an artist, I was like, “How the hell am I going to do this?” Of course I picked the most beautiful, difficult series/artist I could’ve chosen. About a year ago, in one of my darkroom classes I discovered Sally Mann. I fell in absolute love with the way she so beautifully captures her children in Immediate Family – she captured them in their innocence & their playful nature, yet she had a tone that left you feeling a little lost after seeing her image — as if you just ran through the woods and can’t remember which way is back to the road. I remember thinking, “This photographer knows how to make some damn good art.”
When our assignment topic came out as ‘emulating an artist,’ I knew I wanted to * attempt * to tackle the insanely detailed world of Sally Mann — even if I only came an inch close to her work, I’d be satisfied. I wanted to emulate that same sense of innocence in the rural world, yet create the inner sadness that we all know to well. Art school only gives you so much time to plan your projects, so with a few days of dreaming and thinking I made this.