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White fance

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Day 4 – visual diary by Theo Stanley / NYC @theo_stanley Images can have a visceral affect on my body. We are now bombarded by imagery, and counter-intuitively, it has not been a numbing experience for me, but rather one of greater sensitivity, with further awareness of the consequences as our mind and body receive the images and digest them in some way. I am aware of this penalty when viewing difficult but important bodies of photographic work, or difficult films. As thresholds of violence and trauma continue to get pushed and explored in photojournalism, art making and cinema, we tread deeper into corners of the psyche, and its ability to rebound, and for better or worse will understand the impact of weighted truth and awareness of the staggering potential for both light and darkness in human nature. I raise this thought to try and initiate dialogue with this community about the sensitivity to images amidst the barrage of imagery that is our modern world. It seems important to protect that sensitivity and discernment, now more than ever. Not protection by hiding, but protection by elevating our empathy in the act of seeing, and communicating, and being self aware. In my humble opinion this helps to meet the challenge for image makers to find their authentic voice in the midst of a cacophony, and also be responsible for what they put into the world. It is certainly not always about beauty, but images that can hold some fragment of truth, irony, or mirror that takes us out of our perspective, and makes us think, and challenges our supposed security. Have others experienced this re sensitizing rather than numbing?

Nova

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Day 4 – visual diary by Theo Stanley / Nyc @theo_stanley I wanted to share a portrait of Nova @_noviart at 13 years old, my eldest child, and one of my favorite subjects to photograph. I should choose my words carefully though, as I have 4 daughters ️, that we may see some more of in the next days as travels will bring this diary north of nyc into the catskill mountains for some reset time. I may be a bit biased, but you don’t have to look far into the hashtags #novafiona and #sharingnovasworld to see that Nova is a special beauty, and a talented artist and musician. This portrait was shot under the highway near our home in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and I included my shadow in the image as a reflection of self. #theostanleyself

Bridge

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Day 4 – visual diary by Theo Stanley / NYC @theo_stanley It’s interesting how images resonate differently in time, as the signifiers and political landscape change, not always for the better. Nyc is a city that points to everywhere in the world, and I love that about its visual narrative. Here, two women stand both iconic and in timely political contrast to another city icon. #nycnarrative

Red

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Day 3 – visual diary by Theo Stanley @theo_stanley People are both wonderful and strange, and make odd decisions, about their lives, and spaces. This space speaks about people but none are present, only their ideas, tied into an uncomfortable manifestation of someone’s vision. Or is a place like this more of an accident? A collision of leftover elements put back together. I am attracted to elements of absurd environments that reflect back to their authors. Good night from nyc #nycnarrative

Terminal wheel

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Day 3 – visual diary by Theo Stanley @theo_stanley Terminal wheel. #terminalwheel Please check the hashtag to understand what this is about. I wanted to share one more image connecting to the idea of a visual catalog. I started a project years ago based on exploring the repetition of a single form as it continues to appear over time. In a sense this was a formal exercise, but quickly gave way to an aesthetic challenge not to repeat myself, and gained momentum as more images began to compile in every variety of approach. I chose the circle or a wheel form for this project, and have amassed hundreds (355 to date) of these images since I started, which continues to grow with each new observance. It is not the value of the single image but rather as a whole. I am still trying to decide whether to compile them all to a single large tiling, or perhaps to animate them and see the form morph and change through time. I started the hashtag #terminalwheel for this project, where you can see the extent of the visual obsession. This is also relevant for #terminallight Have others carried an obsession for a single visual motif?

Polaroid phone

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Day 3 – visual diary by Theo Stanley @theo_stanley I like to think of the iPhone as a Polaroid equivalent. A tool for image making, but relieved of the preciousness of it being a photograph with a capital P. I learned shooting 4×5 and 8×10 sheet film, and there is obviously something very considered and intentional in this clear and conscious approach, asking questions to yourself if the image is worthy of the piece of film, the hand processing and printing, with much more editing happening to your impulses prior to making the photograph. With the iPhone or digital Polaroid, I am relieved of that burden, as often I make images to be able to remember one aspect of it, as a catalog of ideas, to be able to draw from later. I think this is a freedom to study yourself, without over conceptualizing, in order to better understand what makes you tick, so while this photograph does not break the Internet, it speaks to how I see, and becomes important for other reasons.

Hand

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Day 2 – visual diary by Theo Stanley @theo_stanley The light in nyc has its own rhythm based on the season, the particular neighborhood and color palette, as well as the height of the buildings that cut and reflect the sun. Most of my time during the week to give to photography is being out and about, or rather in between places going about my work day, and staying observant always with camera ready. Mid day sun can be harsh and unrelenting but also gives way to graphic elements that work to rearrange and redesign the figure. #nycnarrative

Self portrait

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Day 2 – visual diary by Theo Stanley @theo_stanley Terminal light. Self portrait. It’s annoying how the word selfie has muddied the amazing history of self portrait work in photography. Self portraits can be documents of age and time and place, but also can be more conceptual interior views, searching for equivalents in images that open up in reading and pose more questions than answers. I use myself as I am always available to myself, and obsessively watch and study light as fleeting phenomenon. I started a hashtag #terminallight for this idea of ‘last light’ as well as #theostanleyself for this exploration of self (not selfie damn it all) through photography.

Breaking images

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Day 2 – visual diary by Theo Stanley @theo_stanley Nyc. Breaking images. Tools both help and get in the way by offering possibility with a set of restrictions. I enjoy finding the edges of the technology, and experimenting with ways to get it to offer up techniques that it was not exactly designed to do, in both production and post production. This image was captured in camera, abstracting nyc architecture. #breakingimages is a hashtag I created for some of these experiments.

Stare

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Day 1 – visual diary by Theo Stanley @theo_stanleyThis image kept staring at me during a meeting, and persisted until the meeting wrapped and I was able to capture it. One of the worst feelings for me is not following up on these compulsions and not being in a situation to make the photograph. As the image remains burned in my mind, i might need to draw or paint it to get it out so I can move on.