Last week the Crusade made a stop in Portland for a pop-up and to attend the Photolucida Portfolio Review event. At a portfolio review, photographers at the mid-career level register for one-on-one meetings (20 minutes long) with gallery owners, curators, critics, collectors and publishers from around the world. As a reviewer, I met with 48 photographers over 4 days and was fortunate enough to informally see work from dozens of others. People seem to ask me pretty regularly about current themes I see in photography, and although I don't like to categorize, I will say that I saw a lot of work dealing with contemporary landscape - human intervention, neglect, urbanization. . . And I learned a new word! "Dross" - ok, now that I used the google, the definition isn't exactly as it was explained to me by one of the many photographers dealing with this topic, but as I learned it, dross is the in-between space in the landscape - places that have fallen away from use or that are coming into use. Dross. Photograph that. (or don't, since lots of others are getting that covered. . .)
So dross aside, I'd like to highlight just a few images/photographers that peaked my interest. Some of this work is finished and ready to launch, and other portfolios are still working out issues and growing, but these are just few that I keep thinking about.
This image by Amelia Morris made me cry:
I pretty much loved everything about Marico Fayre, including her meditative series, White. Kids With Guns: The Childhood Gravity Games by Kim Campell intruiged me - I think it's going somewhere. K. K. Depaul's mixed-media collage and assemblage pieces about secrets was wonderfully haunting.
A lot of talent always shows up for this review, and Portland of course is my love, so the whole time there was wonderful, start to finish.