Like Cheen, Ian needed bio photos for an upcoming music release but he wanted to incorporate imagery that evoked a deep, personal nostalgia for him. How would I convey that feeling to other viewers? With that question in mind, I followed Ian’s lead from location to location and listened as he relayed details about each site and its significance.
Though I was still considering different possibilities, the impression that had begun to emerge was of the sort of storytelling one often hears on old folk records. When we stopped for lunch after the shoot and an old Jim Croce song that both Ian and I recognized came on the radio, I envisioned grainy images in slightly muted colours, like the photos in my parents’ heavy old spiral-bound photo albums that I used to flip through when I was a kid; the resulting style isn’t timeless exactly – more like saving time in a bottle.