A new body of work I just released has had some people asking questions. Some don't know what they are looking at. That's okay with me. Perhaps it could get boring if everything was so easily translated all the time. In a visual saturated world if a photograph can still make a viewer wonder, well that's good I think. One friend wrote the following when I sent out the first batch of E Promos : "I don't know quite what I'm looking at Michelle, but these are beautiful, captivating images."
I can't exactly recall the first time I read Heaney but I know as the years passed away in America I would find myself intermittently lost in one of his poems thinking of home. Hearing the "squelch and slap of soggy peat" and the shovel slice or boots stick into the wet sod earth.
In October of 2010 I was asked by Manual creative of San Francisco to participate in a new print publication called Loose Leaf. This week Loose Leaf is finally out in the world. Featuring a limited edition of work from a small group of artists Loose Leaf aims to be a unique publication delivered as unbound posters that are designed to be displayed on your wall. Think of it as "a hybrid that blends periodical, poster, collectible archive and art gallery." http://www.looseleafeditions.com
For the Loose Leaf project I photographed the Linear Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at the National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) in Stanford, California. One of the most powerful lasers in the world capable of making images of atoms and molecules and a machine at the forefront of research in the fields of energy, physics, and science, I found myself oddly comfortable photographing it. It was one of those experiences that photography brings where invariably it prompts questions inside my head about our world. Certainly it was one of the most interesting locations I've been to photograph. Some of the photos can be seen on the site http://www.michellemccarron.com/stills/manmade-landscapes/
Other artists involved with Loose Leaf edition 1 include Jeff Canham, Dave Eggers, Dwight Eschliman, Mark Giglio, Jake Longstreth, Richard Misrach, Louisa Parris, Andrew Zuckerman.
The official launch party is tomorrow night in San Francisco. Please come by to see the project and say Hello.