Friday, October 3, 2008


McClaran photographs in such an unbiased way that his subjects speak for themselves, he does not impose new ideology or identity onto his subjects. He has successfully documented many variations of the American way of life: from the unlawful racism of the Ku Klux Klan, the heart and soul of the blues in the south, to the peaceful landscape of eastern Oregon.
In his project “Angry White Men”, McClaran proceeded to explore the shifting of the political center point as well as a look into the darker side of extremists and their motivations. The series documented a group of people that included radical right American politicians, environmental extremists, Ku Klux Klansmen, anti-gay activists, and other fanatics who strive to push their own beliefs onto others.
Robbie McClaran’s photography makes a statement about the beautiful diversity of this country, and how some ought to embrace it more than they do. McClaran views each person as equal through the lens of his camera(s), and I think he makes a wonderfully artistic example for the rest of us.
In a similar fashion, I want my art to be an accurate representation of our world. Better yet, I want to obtain an accurate concept of our world for myself, and express that notion with my photography. I think McClaran does a great job of this, and that is why I chose him as my inspiration. I hope that my photography will present imagery that could change someone’s perspective from false to true, from biased to compassionate. I think that even as we observe things around us that are depraved, we must have a clear understanding that is saturated with love. We must seek the highest good of everything around us.

1 comment:

digiphoto said...

Slightly different, but dealing with similar subject matter as "Angry White Men", William Christenberry is someone you might like to look at if you're not familiar with his work. There is a story on NPR about him.