Phoenix, Arizona. 2015.
February was a busy, busy month. But I had the good fortune of partnering with Objectifs to take part in the Postcard Project, an initiative by the National Library Board to pair photographers and writers together to create ten postcards with images of youth in action on one side and creative writing in the form of poetry or flash fiction on the back.
Over the course of three weeks, I worked with documentary photographer Deanna Ang. She taught the photographers the basics and brough them on a couple of field shoots while I helped to guide the writers (some of whom were also the photographers) as we carved small arcs of story into these fleeting moments framed by the lens. In the end, each writer produced four to five pieces of writing, but sadly just one photo and poem/prose piece will be chosen for each photographer/writer pairing.
Here’s a shot of the chosen images:
It’s a project that speaks a lot to me, as I see a lot of correlation between the composition of an image and a poem; the deliberation of a frame, the gluttonous act of observation, imagined moments with their plangent emotive thread, spilling out from what was and wasn’t captured by the eye.
Here’s an example featuring a quirky dialogue by Daniela Beltrani paired with a photograph by Chee Wei Teck.
The postcards come out in March and will be distributed free island-wide, watch out for them!
It’s been a mixed bag of image making this year. Not too much travel, not too much photography work, but enough of everything to create a rather diverse 2014 portfolio. Among other things I photographed my first two lookbooks, travelled to Makassar, Indonesia and fell in love with the streets of Tokyo.
You can download the rest of the portfolio here: Marc Nair – 2014 Portfolio
The natural object is always the adequate symbol – Ezra Pound, Pavannes and Divagations (1918)
The National Library building at Bras Basah is a fascinating structure. I have returned to photograph it time and time again, and always read something new into its munificent intersections, framed in glass and space.
Where the wild boar still roam, the mangroves twist and turn and in glimpses, you remember a different country.
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