Posted by Demetrius Philp on April 3, 2019
"Photography is one percent talent and ninety-nine percent moving furniture".
- Arnold Newman
Reading this statement by Newman gave me a clear sense of how much a prop influences an image, because without these elements the images created will not succeed. Without the ability to actualize an idea or concept, art would not exist for me.
My work is a constant search for the most affective way to interpret the ideas that I want to illustrate. I do not limit myself to one medium, style, or concept. Inspiration and ideas change over time, however, the medium does not. Each photographic image I create is simultaneously an extension from the past, where I have come from, and what I have encountered, as well as a preview of the future from a child's point of view. Many traditional photographic methods and techniques can be seen in my work; mid 20th century, medium format, black & white film but also includes references to, modernism, contemporary photographic portraiture, and late 19th century pictorialism. I hold true to the concept that Photography is my paint and canvas through which I channel my artistry and trials in order to achieve a resolve. I like the idea that form doesn’t necessarily need function, but I also like the idea that function has to work with form, and form has to work with function. If a viewer stops for just a moment to view and reflect on a photograph I have created, then I have succeeded in my work.
The most recent series entitled “The Bedroom” represents memories that I have encountered as a child.
All images above ©2019 Demetrius Philp. All rights reserved.
He has the hardest time differentiating between his personal work and assignment work. Whether he's doing an ad campaign, a look book, an editorial shoot, or fine art project. What he shoots is personal. His favorite job is always my next job because there’s nothing he enjoys more than making images (aside from his family).