The Southern Glossary Instagram account is curated by a new artist or photographer each week. Every curator will put their own spin on the account, showing off work, their process, and their surroundings. Here's a Q&A with last week's curator, photographer William Douglas.
How did you interest in photography begin?
I first started making pictures when I was using a camera to photograph scenes to bring back into the studio as reference for drawings and paintings.
How do you feel about the relationship of an artist to their city or surroundings?
I think it is important for me to be conscious of my surroundings at all times and to be forming relationships with the community in and out of the art world. I derive a lot of inspiration from everyday scenarios in these places, but for others depending on how they create, a city can just be a place to make art objects.
Do you have a creative or artistic peer group in your area that you're a part of? What opportunities are there for artists like yourself?
Locally, I am lucky enough to have that one of my jobs I get to discuss art and work with art. But my strongest creative peer group is a couple hours away in Richmond and most of the people I came up making work around are now spread throughout the country, but with all the different means of communication it isn't an issue to keep in conversation.
Where do you go to draw inspiration?
I love seeing work in a physical space so galleries and museums are key but more mostly I read. I read a ton. I was huge into nonfiction for along time needing to absorb all the “truth." In the last couple years I have read almost strictly fiction besides your typical news reports and artist interviews, I cant get enough. I love to read. Also word of mouth stories from fishermen have been a big influence recently.
Do you feel creatively satisfied?
HA! No Never. The creative process is an endless hustle right?
Tell me about a recent, current, or upcoming project or exhibition.
I have a few projects going one is with a good friend Fionnuala Bradley. Her and I have worked off and on together for a few years. Fionnuala and I are doing a response project through the mail. I don’t want to give to much more than that away, but I am pretty excited about it. It will hopefully be a book and exhibition in a couple years. Inga Schunn and I are making a book with her writing and my photographs that will be out this summer. I am also currently working on a project that is a few short photographic narrative sequences that will be put together in a book and onto wall at some point. I have some sculptures I am fabricating but I'll just stop there for now.