I recently had the singular experience of sitting for James Walker. He'd photographed me previously, when we took some fun standup comedy shots for my personal website. But this was something else entirely. We got together in his LA studio so he could be a guest on the podcast, and create a portrait at the same time. I was fascinated by his Collodion process, which dates back to the 1850s.
You'll learn more from the podcast itself, and it’s interesting to compare our two discussions, before and after taking the photograph.
An added bonus is that, after seeing the portrait on Facebook, a friend of James was convinced I was a member of her family, and it turns out we are long lost relatives!
James on James: “I simply am out to make the viewers mind different in some way than what it was before they saw the work in a positive meaningful experience. Either to learn, or question something about themselves, in the work, or see something new in a way they had not before. To have impact on someone’s life in some way is an honor you can't get from cheap imagery. It takes time to create the work. A critical mindful process not only in its analog creation but in the narrative or subconscious serendipity. Of course, this is only a dream.”
I'm thankful to James for his art, his passion, his honesty and his friendship.
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