Today's photography profile features the (NSFW) themed exhibition "The Skype Series" from Chris Fitzgerald. I asked Chris if he would tell us a little about himself and this series, and here's what he had to say...
"I am a fashion and art photographer living in Los Angeles with my wife and two enormous dogs. Other interests include: Eating too much sushi, trying (and mostly failing) to learn to surf, blogging about pop-culture, and lurking around museums and art galleries.
"The Skype Series: I moved to Los Angeles about six months ago from Memphis where I'd lived my entire life. Back home I'd fostered many creative relationships with like-minded models and it was daunting to try and rebuild these relationships in Los Angeles, while at the same time chomping at the bit to keep creating in the same vein as before. On top of that, I was feeling this tremendous loneliness in Los Angeles, which was to be expected, but took me by surprise. I contacted one of my favorite models shortly after I'd moved and came up with the idea of shooting her over Skype as a way of keeping in touch and to feel like I was still connected to that creative world. The images we created are grainy, dirty, gritty, and push the boundaries of the medium of digital photography. By photographing my computer screen with a professional grade camera, I've achieved a high resolution photo of low resolution image, resulting in beautiful texture, a "thickness' to the image, and a palpable tension in the photos. Ultimately, these images speak to the themes I have been exploring in my work for a while, but they focus heavily on the voyeur aspect and bring into question the image itself, as there is a softness and element of distortion to them because of the web connection. The photos themselves are aggressive, tense, and challenging. The limits of the webcam enhance this feeling and play on the hyper-sexuality of the internet itself, and our own voyeuristic tendencies online. Its my intent to confuse the viewer, creating a sexual tension and anxiety simultaneously."
Thanks very much, Chris! Don't forget, there's all kinds of other things over there at Chris' website besides just this series; I encourage you to spend an afternoon looking around there, whenever you have a chance and your boss isn't looking. To let me know of a photographer you think should be featured here, by all means drop me a line at ilikejason [at] gmail.com.