Our next Photographer of the Week is John Edmonds. He is a New York-based artist and current MFA candidate at Yale. Edmonds’ work has been shown at Photo LA and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others.
About his process, Edmonds says, “I have anxiety around intimacy and closeness. Making photographs of people I do not know allows me to get close and leaves room for my desire and longing for closeness to unfold.”
In this portraiture, Edmonds captures vulnerability with a skilled eye. Despite the newness of the photographer’s relationship to his subject, each detailed image reveals a high-level of trust between the two. Sometimes his subjects look directly at the camera, inviting you into their space, sharing what appears to be a more personal side of themselves. Other photographs feature someone at their center, looking away or lost in thought. Edmonds compelling portraits predominately depict soft black bodies, soaking in warm light. Each image revealing a thoughtful tenderness, directly and simply. He relies on an emotional connection rather than creating interest through sparkling effects.
For more from Edmonds, please take a look at his website.