This new Study Hall has been long overdue! I’ve wondered a few times if I should “kill” that category, but there are so many good readings out there and I can’t bring myself not to share them. So I really hope someone somewhere will enjoy these as much as they deserve! Happy Sunday.
Francesca Tamse tackles landscape photography in unexpected and meticulous ways, creating pictures at once visually captivating and loaded with meaning. They are to be experienced again and again to decipher their many layers, but their impression lingers, settling somewhere between carved photographs and flattened sculptures that push both her subject matter and her tools in new directions.
Francesca was the first interviewee that I was lucky to meet in person [update: I just met Lance Brewer at a 4th of July barbecue while visiting New York last week, which was a pleasure], as we found out we had many common friends and interests, including a nearby coffee shop. It was so great to put a friendly face on our email exchanges and geek out together in real life.
Francesca was born in 1989 in the Bay Area and graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2013. She currently lives in San Francisco and will be starting her Masters in Photography at the Royal College of Arts in London this fall. She self-published a small edition of books called neo Ancient sites and just put out a new zine through Colpa Press and 8-Ball Zines called Read the Wind Sock.
Excerpt from Pending
Maurice Van Es
Some new photographs for my Archaeology series, both taken recently and unearthed from my archive of negatives. I also invite you to read the interview with an archaeologist that I conducted as part of this ongoing project. One of the next steps will include being a volunteer archaeologist for the Presidio Archaeology Lab later this summer; really hoping that they will let me photograph them at work!
Brooklyn NY, January 2013
San Francisco, March 2014 (Crust study, sculpture documentation)
LA River, June 2014
Berkeley Library, December 2013
Tenderloin, San Francisco, May 2014
West Hollywood, June 2014