Creative: Randall MacNEIL

So Randall (@randall_fm) is a friend from The Great White North. Canada. A place I’ve suggested we invade for at least a decade. I love Canada, and Canadians. And due to our shared border they have to put up with us down here in the zoo that is the United States. Poor bastards.

Randy makes images in places that would destroy me. Namely isolated, COLD environments. This work reminds me of the classic, black and white reportage photographers of yesteryear. All these greats seemed to shoot ALL THE TIME. We know them mostly by their well known work but most of them also created a more personal image that ran parallel to their private life. This is how I see Randy’s work. Randy’s book reminds of “Voyages” by Raymond Depardon. Quiet, personal moments, void of people. Minimal. Isolated.

I think books like this are incredibly important, perhaps even more so than any other book a photographer makes. These books make one think about what’s most important when left alone to your own visual thoughts. My advice, if you aren’t making books like this now then start today. And keep building them. Even if it’s one book at a time, one copy, and you show them only to yourself. Start building your own library of work. Try to make sense of it all.

Thanks Randy. Always love seeing your work. Good luck in the frozen half of the year.


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