Artists | Slater Bradley
I wanted the kids to be comfortable. So I asked them to pick a place in New York that inspired them. We shot in a film theatre, swimming lanes, photo studio, park, and seminary. I used different film stocks, negative sizes, and cameras. I wanted each one to have their distinct world. Looking at the prints now, I'm struck that the kids are now teenagers, and probably barely resemble themselves in these worlds.Slater Bradley
2007 : Soundless pounding of accelerating dreams
Slater worked with photography. He asked each teen to tell him the place in New York where they felt the most comfortable and that mostly reflected who they were and who they wanted to become. Kids’ choices varied from a swimming pool, to a church, from a movie theater to Washington Square Park, to a photographer’s studio. Each kid was then photographed in the chosen location, each with a different camera, some in color, some in black and white, in order to convey a different feeling. To further emphasize individual identities final photographs are printed in a variety of sizes and are altered by the artist by hand.
Soundless pounding of accelerating dreams was exhibited at the Chelsea Art Museum.Funding for this project has been provided in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with The NYC Council, and the Puffin Foundation. Special assistance has been provided by Chelsea Piers, Film Forum, and the General Theological Seminary.