I visited Photoville‘s grand opening today and I almost can’t believe that I have never heard a single word about this event in the past years. It was much bigger than I anticipated with exhibitions everywhere you turn. There was even a makeshift “second-level” built to explore and a beer garden because you’ll most likely be there for a while.
From one artist’s work speaking on segregation to a group of artists confronting the issue of child marriage in South Sudan through photography, it’s safe to say that no two shipping containers/exhibitions were the same. In fact, one of my favorites was Photoshelter’s “#PsYouGotThis” in which featured various photographers and their personal advice to fellow artists for motivation and inspiration. This would be especially helpful for those in search of their own style and all aspiring photographers. In the very back, they also invite visitors of Photoville to chip in their two cents as well! As much as I do enjoy this medium myself, there is still a lot for me to learn so it was comforting to read through their wisdom.
During my time here, I spoke with the Creative Director and Editor of ZEKE magazine, Barbara Ayotte. Displayed were the two winners of their ZEKE awards for 2019, Toby Binder and Rory Doyle. They not only specialize in documentary photography but I was told that they also dabble in video. Though, they are based in Boston.
I also spoke with Harmen Meinsma, the artist behind The Last Season I & II. I was gravitated towards the vibrancy of his photos and how they almost looked cinematic. Based in the Netherlands, Meinsma captures ordinary strangers that catches his eye on the streets. I was intrigued and asked him what he looks for in his models to which he told me those who are “electric”. He also said that he looks for people of older age because he wants to remind them of their beauty, capturing as many details as possible. And when I followed up asking how they usually react when the models see the photos, Meinsma told me that the majority of them react positively while some do become critical of themselves. I found this to be especially unique and fascinating.