Over the course of the last decade I have taken a lot of photographs, and I have seldom done a good job of presenting my work until recently. In my spare time I have begun digitally archiving all of the old negatives in my collection, which includes those negatives shot by myself as well as those I pick up at antique shops and the like for use in my collage works. I have a large amount of street photography that I photographed myself while in high school and early college that I have never had a chance to print in the darkroom or scan, until now. It has been a strange and rewarding experience looking back at all of these moments in time, much of which I don't remember photographing. I enjoy looking at my initial mistakes as well as triumphs within my first large body of photography. I love that I can look back and see where I started my photography career while still in high school, where I learned and experimented with the photographic medium, where I am now with my artwork, and how much of my past artwork I can still see surfacing within my current artwork (both literally and metaphorically). My photography and artwork has evolved greatly in the last decade, but much of the underlying themes and aesthetics remain the same.
To start presenting these (as I have time to scan them) I am implementing Throwback Thursdays: Street Photography edition!
Most of the photographs from my street photography are shot on the now out-of-production 35mm Kodak Tmax 3200 speed film, which is why the photographs appear so grainy. The film was meant for use in low light shooting scenarios. I love(d) the low-light capabilities of the film as well as the blown-out grain quality. The grain in these photographs acts as a distortion tool, which I am always happy to embrace within my artwork. It helps to give a visual representation to the personal filter through which I as a youth viewed the anonymous and foreign landscape of the big city. I often photographed much of my street photography from the hip (not looking through the viewfinder) with a cable release so as to avoid any potential impact on my photography subject's demeanor as I captured their image. The photographs were mostly shot in Chicago and New York City.
Scott Whitworth received his BFA in photography from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Whitworth is an award-winning photographer who has traveled across the world to photograph, and he has exhibited his