Everyone is talking about Alex Stoddard. Everyone can join the project 365, a self-portrait for each day of the year. So why are we talking about Alex?
January 4th Alex
The American youngster, originally from Jacksonville Florida, now living with his large family - that helps him set the elaborate installations for his shots - in Georgia, is only 17. The age factor is probably what makes the news, as it always happens, each time we talk about Rimbaud we can't help but remember he was so young. For some, a human being is already complete no matter what his age. Alex exists at 5, as he does at 17, as he will at 56. His image will change as do his shots every day of the year without losing their essence. Even if it's digital, even if it's experimental, even if the image can and will be perfected with maturity, Alex's 365 days are unique and cut through the screen, get to us for their linear research, profound sense of an almost scientific data collection that uses logic, sequences, conclusions. As ephemeral as are his photographs, as dreamlike and hanging behind a state of unconsciousness, clinging to whatever surrounds him with the intention of uniting with and belonging, each day says: I am here even when I am not breathing. When I was 17, whatever work I had produced stayed put on my desk, maybe stained, maybe I had a few people read my work or see my paintings, it was nothing like today where if you want someone to know you have something to say, to express, at large you will be heard. We can keep on asking ourselves, how does art in the 21st century exist? Can we still talk about "emerging" artists? No one emerges from the unknown, but is there, somewhere in the internet waiting to be found.
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Text by Acelya Yonac
More Photos of Alex's 365 days on Swide's Facebook.
Sources: Follow Alex on flickr