To be young and black in America means facing a warped set of preconceptions and judgements—confront your own prejudices in this poignant portrait series. I think a good picture, whether a photograph or painting or any other kind of art for that matter, can be worth more than any amount of words; images have the power to convey complex mind/heart states that operate below the level of words. But I was afraid to follow it as a career, afraid of going to art school and failing artistically and financially, so I went to law school and spent ten years cooped up in a Seattle law office like a caged animal. LC: How did you decide to become a full-time, professional photographer? Martine Fougeron documents the delicate, turbulent stages of adolescence through intimate portraits of her own children’s lives. Some of your work is singularly powerful and can stand alone.
 By 2017, the film was finished and being screened in select locations. All that time I was photographing with a 4x5 camera on the streets of Seattle at night and on the weekends—I made five bodies of work back then that have never been exhibited. LC: Why is photography special to you? Do you feel a tension between working on your own and trying to inspire others to action? Or beauty? LC: Photography is often a very solitary pursuit. Jordan is a strong believer in the transformative power of photography and all of the work he makes is animated by a belief in photography’s unique ability to convey a reverential relationship with our wondrous surroundings. Drawing on her work as an editor and photographer, she shares her top tips for making work that gets noticed. My therapist friend calls this process the “amygdala hijack.”. It blurs the lines between self and other, and the external and internal, in ways that bring teachings of all kinds. —Chris Jordan, interviewed by Alexander Strecker.
Miracles and Tragedies: Conveying the Wonder of Life Through Photographs, Inspirational artist
CJ: Well, I like that old saying from Zen: “Whenever a man speaks, he misses the point.” To put it another way, as soon as we reduce something to words, our consciousness becomes rooted in language, and the world shrinks. CJ: I frequently get labeled as an activist, and I find it a bit annoying because I’m not really interested in trying to inspire others to action.
LensCulture Journeys 2020. LC: Is a picture worth a thousand words? CJ: Fear is dangerous because it tends to operate below the level of conscious awareness. In the words of the photographer: “The more we are aware, the more we... Patricia Pastore zooms in on the beauty of dead bugs, with bright lights and highly selective focus. When we do that, we discover that we have all kinds of choices we didn’t even know we had a moment previously, and the world changes before our eyes. Boutique fine-art wedding photographers based in Palm Beach, we take an artistic, story-telling approach to every wedding. Announcing the Winners! Do you think people are touched most by fear? When hundreds of millions of people all collaborate in suppressing collective fear, then we fall into a kind of trance that can lead us to commit atrocities. Looking At You: Breda International Photo Festival 2016. The 7th edition of this festival presents the work of over 70 photographers on the theme of “YOU.” The result? CJ: Actually, I have known photography was my thing ever since I was a kid. I think the way people behave is their own choice and responsibility. I think we all have a place in our heart that loves albatrosses, and elephants, and all other living beings as well, even if we have never realized that before. © Chris Jordan, Carcass of a Laysan albatross fledgling, Midway Island, 2011. 142.3k Followers, 462 Following, 303 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Chris Jordan (@cjrjordan) © Chris Jordan. In one way it is like a treasure hunt—these images or perspectives are out there in the world waiting to be discovered, but each photographer has a particularized version available to them, that only they can recognize.
Can you talk about balancing those two approaches? © Chris Jordan, Drowned Laysan albatross fledgling, Midway Island, 2010. A diverse and inspiring showcase of creativity surrounding the fragile—yet courageous—self-sustaining individual. Discover 37 international photographers recognized for their unique and timely interpretations of the theme, Journeys. Chris Jordan is a 46-year-old photographic artist based in Seattle, USA. In relation to the Midway photographs, Jordan created another project that was going to be a documentary. Jordan is a strong believer in the transformative power of photography and all of the work he makes is animated by a belief in photography’s unique ability to convey a reverential relationship with our wondrous surroundings. LC: Do you think photographers/artists can make a difference? Then we act on those thoughts without realizing that the underlying motivation was fear. © Chris Jordan, Carcass of a Laysan albatross fledgling and its stomach contents after necropsy, Midway Island 2011.