Lee Grant – Photography Blog

Burning the Midnight Oil

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Well, it’s been a little quiet on this front I’m afraid as thesis deadlines loom and the pressure kicks in. Not to mention beginning a full-time job at the NGA (eek, I’m officially a ‘pube’! That’s shorthand for Public Servant btw). Good for the likes of being an upstanding and responsible citizen/mother/bill-payer, but crap if you are trying to continue an art practice. Really, it has to be said that full-time work is a crime against humanity and an even worse one against artists! How do you people do it!? Sure, I have a little more money than before but really, I don’t even have time to spend it! And being around other people’s art at work, only serves to deepen the anxiety of wanting (needing) to make more work but not being able to find the time…. If anyone has any advice about how to juggle this dilemma, I’d love to hear it!

Suffice to say, that this blog may continue to lie low for a little while longer. Have managed however to (just) maintain some sense of creative output. Here is my latest offering from a series about Sudanese migrant families living in suburbia.

_MG_9942Nyakoor outside her home with sons, Aleer, Chut and Duot

_MG_9938Sunday best… P. Diddy, eat your heart out!

Films are yet to be processed but I shot a few on the dig to show the kids. Amazing how ingrained the idea of instant imaging has become. Even when I was shooting on the medium format the urge was to see the result straight away. Took a little bit to explain the virtues of analogue photography! Anyway, it’s been great fun making these images and to offer each family a portrait sitting. Everyone gets quite dressed up and usually I feel like a mega-dag. The boys especially rocked in their suits!? I wonder if my son would wear one???

Anyway, see youse for now….

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Written by Lee Grant

August 3, 2009 at 8:33 pm

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  1. It’s hard.
    Don’t watch TV!

    Kevin

    August 5, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    • Thanks, that’s actually a good point. But where I live, I don’t even get reception so this one isn’t too hard. Pathetic isn’t it…

      I’m kinda liking the idea of no sleep, like in Gabriela Garcia Marquez’ “100 Years of Solitude”. Imagine how much you could get done!

      Lee Grant

      August 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm

      • Maybe fit in 2 jobs and get rid of the mortgage then work part time – a solution!

        Kevin

        August 5, 2009 at 6:18 pm

  2. Mmm, well have fitted in 3 jobs at once before and it doesn’t work unless you count being nuts as worthwhile. And forget the mortgage, that isn’t even in my brainspace let alone moneyspace. Part-time… I wish, how heavenly that was….

    Lee Grant

    August 5, 2009 at 6:27 pm


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