I was originally a poet, and it’s taken me much of my creative life to learn to trust my process, an often slow, meandering path towards understanding life and death and the world through the process of photographing –– and sometimes writing about –– images that intrigue me for some reason.
Have you ever watched a three-toed sloth make its way across a tree limb? It’s a kind of cross between sleepwalking and a drowsy half-awakening. Image by image, my work moves me along toward understanding the world in a similar way. “The imagination gropes forward, feeling its way towards what it needs…reaches out, into the landscape in front of us,” to quote the poet Mark Doty, and these images act like a “container for emotion and idea… [to] hold what’s too slippery or charged or difficult to touch.”
And how does an elegiac image manage to offset its emotional heft with enough luminosity to lift it up into the realm of metaphor, the poetic term which literally means “carrying over”? “One should be light like a bird, and not like a feather,” noted the French poet Paul Valery.—Rebecca Norris Webb, from the UK digital magazine, “.Cent,” which features “My Dakota” and Sebastiao Salgado’s “Genesis” photographs.
——NOV. 8 2012-JAN. 27, 2012, LONDON, “CARTIER-BRESSON: A QUESTION OF COLOR,” group exhibition with Alex Webb, Trent Parke, Joel Meyerwitz, Harry Gruyaert, Helen Levitt, Saul Leiter and others, an exhibition curated by William Ewing.
——SEPT.21, 2012 – JANUARY 13, 2012, PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND, “Looking at the Land: 21st Century American Views,” A Collaboration with Flak Photo and RISD Museum of Art, group projection and online exhibition, curated by Andy Adams, with photographs by Rebecca Norris Webb, Brian Ulrich, Todd Hido, Joshua Dudley Greer, Christine Carr, and others.
- UPCOMING 2012/13 WORKSHOPS WITH ALEX AND REBECCA
——JANUARY 12-19, 2013, STREETS OF HAVANA 2013 with Nordic Light, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb workshop. For more information, including how to apply, click here
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