This is always a hard thing. How do you come up ideas for projects? And not only that, this is one of the hardest things to teach. I sometimes feel like I end up throwing the kitchen sink at students to see if anything will jog an idea or thought.
See, I’m prepping for a lecture for one of my classes, and I’ve decided to pull some images from fav photographers to introduce the different tracks/paths you can follow when creating images. And it is so cool to spend the afternoon just looking at some of my favorite pics, but holy crow, how do you know what to include/exclude?!? I could go for days. I’d almost love to just have a class that was some sort of non-history based survey of photographic-based artists. Following trends, seeing how one artist in one generation may inspire another. For example, here’s one awesome cause/effect pairing that I love:
Bernd & Hilla Becher, Gas Tanks, 1983-92
And a bit more recently, Idris Khan, every…Bernd and Hilla Becher Spherical type Gasholders, 2004
It’s amazing to me to see how strongly history can influence how we think and create. And I’m definitely one of those people who believe that you really have no excuse to be ignorant of what came before you, particularly in photography. Images can be so powerful, and acknowledging and even situating your own contemporary work within the larger context of history is so important and gives greater depth to anything said today. Just my two cents, as always.