Carson Gilliland - Compass
A lot of the work found on Gilliland’s website seems to revolve around adventures, or road trips; ‘Compass’ is one such example. Most of Gilliland’s work does have a straight forward portrait. This series in particular however has none, this may be the reason I was drawn to it. The idea of inputting a portrait is an interesting one. Does a series need to have a human depiction to make it more relatable to the viewer; or does it distract?
The series ‘Compass’ depicts quite a few everyday scenes. Most of the scenes are photographed in darkness or dusk. The time of day chosen results in the cinematic lighting found in some of the images.
As a whole I find Gilliland’s work similar in concept to the work of Alec Soth.