- —Andrea Land (from her website)
"Continue similar reductions in your list of interests until two or three subjects remains, all of which a.) fire your enthusiasm b.) lend themselves to images, as opposed to words c.) are continuously accessible.
"Let me give you an example. As a teacher I encounter a great number of photographic students who are active in college life, naturally emotional about many aspects of education, and who spend the greater part of their waking life on campus. But in the past 15 years, and over 1,000 students later, I have never seen a photographic project based on what it is like to be a college student. In fact, it is rare indeed to see a photographic student carrying a camera."
- —Bill Jay, from "The Thing Itself"
Rereading this passage from Bill Jay's essay "The Thing Itself" yesterday (it was mentioned by Robin in the comments), I thought of Andrea Land. Who would think that there was a series of pictures to be made by photographing something so ordinary as young girls in their rooms, attempting to imply or signify their inner life? And yet Andrea has done it, by some synchronous alchemy of ability, intent, and insight. It is for her a subject that fulfills Bill's three conditions, a., b., and c. And yet I think very few people could do it.
Her pictures in "French Male Adolescent" might also be interesting, but I suspect they are a case where web representations fall too far below the threshold of acceptability to permit them to be adequately seen.