Jed Hoyland, 2013
One's work is always evolving. This might seem like a truism so blindingly obvious that it does not need stating, however with regard to my practice, I think it does.
Over the years it seems my work has grown more and more out of, or into, Minimalist and Conceptual traditions, at least that's how I think of it. However, the resultant work has been described as a poetic conceptualism, which I do like. Though each body of work may deal with specific issues relating to that work and the subject matter represented, the same conceptual concern with time, difference and repetition, runs throughout.
Since 1998 and the completion of '121 Portraits' I have worked in the form of extended series, very often producing at least 100 photographs in each series. Throughout each year I work on a number of different series, which then becomes a repetitive cycle until they develop into something. That 'something' is usually when I have at least 100 photographs in a series. For me, this way of working, which has evolved organically, gets rid of infatuation and means it is the whole rather than the single image that is most important – though this is not to discount the importance of the individual image. This emphasizes the process of production and removes a sense of self from the work. It is not, however, a mechanistic churning out of 100 photographs. Through the process of working one is seeking a discovery that causes the desire to produce at least 100 photographs. In this way it is the work that drives the desire and impetus. The different series are worked on for an extended period of time spanning many years.