Thursday, 11 October 2012

Joss McKinley interview - part 01

Salute, Ireland 2010 © Joss McKinley

If you are looking at the work of Joss McKinley, you wouldn't think he's the kind of photographer to be based in London. There is nothing in the 'Gathering Wool' series, or the other work I have seen so far, that gives any hint of an urban lifestyle.

He was in his Old Street studio when I phoned, and for anyone that knows Old Street, it's not the kind of place you go for a bit of peace and quiet. I put it to him that the approach he takes to his work  is a kind of reaction to his environment and, since he spent his childhood years in a small town in the Somerset countryside, perhaps a yearning for that slower way of life.

'That sounds about right,' he agreed, but not convincingly. I get the impression McKinley actually enjoys living in the capital. After all, he chose to move there at 18 because, as he says, 'it always excited me'.  But he does add that 'you have to know how to utilize it', which suggests that he has found a way to avoid its more hard-edged influences. They certainly don't find their way into his pictures. He tells me he gets out of town regularly, and usually to Ireland from where his partner comes and where the pace is very different. London, then, is perhaps a place that helps him pursue his photographic style by bringing it into greater relief.

McKinley completed an MA in Photography at the London College of Communication, where he says he learnt for the first time the discipline of creating a photographic project. Before that, he was just taking pictures. That said, it is often not a linear process for him. The 'Gathering Wool' series, for example, is a collection of images taken over a number of years. He tells me that some were taken before the  series was conceived.  So the project had started in his head before he was aware of it. It was only when reviewing some of his images later that he made a subconscious connection between them.

As McKinley explains, 'many of the images were taken while on holiday or just walking around. It's about observing things and then seeing what comes back from the dark room, laying them out and seeing what works with what.' Gathering Wool is also very much an open-ended project for McKinley, or a work-in-progress, as he calls it. He has more as yet unseen images that may form part of the series in the future and indeed, he admits, some existing images may no longer fit. McKinley is curious just to see how it develops. And for my part, so am I.

Jonathan Crawford

14 comments:

  1. I liked the interview. Now you should visit this page.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hey everyone! I know that I am not so good in writing essay and I do not think that.
    I can write it by myself without any professional help.But definitely I can recommend you to try the help of such service like one good writing company.I always use it for such assignments and it works perfectly in my case. So visit their webpage essay writing service!!!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Forget about any writign issues as you can visit this website masterpapers.com. They can proviide you with a team of the expert writers and editors.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Our every paragraph and sentences of the paper connects back to that primary focus. And the paper may include background or contextual information; all content serves the purpose of supporting the thesis statement.
    Hogwarts Papers Writing Service

    ReplyDelete
  5. My silver service offers you Daewoo cabs with a fleet of over 200 vehicles, Daewoo cabs provides point to point and intercity service in the world.
    silver service taxi booking

    ReplyDelete
  6. The ultimate goal of descriptive essay help services is to provide Descriptive Essay Writing Services and descriptive essay services since descriptive essay writing help seekers lack time to complete their custom descriptive essay writing services.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Our focus of an academic paper the arguments of research question is established early by the thesis statement.
    Academic Inside

    ReplyDelete
  8. He ordered a job at essaypro on "History of Pharmaceutics". I got the job on time. The author made a deep study of the topic, brought a lot of interesting facts and wrote assumptions about the future in this area.

    ReplyDelete
  9. On the site essay writing service reviews you can find true information about any company: its price, quality of work, organization of the site, professionalism of support and much more.

    ReplyDelete
  10. A friend of mine had a family emergency and he was having a very difficult time. I felt like I was losing him, he had no face at all. I have known about this awesome service as toni muller dating psychologist for a long time, I took the services of a psychologist here more than once myself. I recommended it to a friend. Initially he was skeptical, but I insisted. Expectedly, after the first session he was a completely different person. Once again I am convinced that this service is just great.

    ReplyDelete
  11. A research paper analyzes a perspective or argues a point. Regardless of the type of research paper you are writing, your finished research paper should present your own thinking backed up by others' ideas and information research paper

    ReplyDelete