Thursday, 29 August 2013

Colin LaFleche, right after

Freshly recalling his own turbulent final year of high school, photographer Collin LaFlecherequisite teenage triad of drugs, drinking and sex. LaFleche affirms: "There are depictions of drugs and drinking and sex because they're part of the story, but they don't constitute the story or even a majority of it." Equally inspired by Herzog and themes of alienation, LaFleche is less interested in the obvious outward signs of youthful rebellion than what what motivates them in the first place.   trained his camera lens on high school senior Will and his friends in order to capture "something that felt more poetic and elusive" than just the 

What inspired you to take Right After?
I realized that teenagers are the same everywhere that they’re exposed to
Western culture. Everybody has to deal with sex and drugs and parties and
trying to be cool and rebelling against authority. Being a teenager can be
very exciting, sometimes frightening, but also lonely and boring. I found
myself drawn to the quiet moments that I felt expressed these ideas
without being sensational or melodramatic about it. 
What influences your work? 
I find the world to be surreal and terrifying in all sorts of bizarre ways.
 I’m fascinated by the power dynamics between humans, animals, and the
 environment at large. Movies that deal with these questions have influenced
my work most significantly, especially Werner Herzog.
What are you trying to achieve?  
I investigate alienation through systems of representation.
For example, the diptychs inPromenades look at the question of agency
 between the synthetic and the organic. A vending machine and a pile of fish
are a stark illustration of the triviality and the incongruity of the modern condition. 


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