Meet the MFAs: Jeff Bradley
As Blaffer prepares to open the University of Houston School of Art 38th Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition on April 8 (reception 7-9 p.m.; member/VIP preview 6 p.m.), we’re highlighting artworks by each of the dozen graduating and exhibiting artists along with his or her catalog statement. Next up is Jeff Bradley:
Six Breaths Per Minute is a body of portraits made using a self-built pinhole camera that uses pre-flashed 8×10 paper negatives. To get the subject wholly in the frame, I must place the camera very close to them, as close as two inches from their face. The paper requires long exposures and this is important aesthetically and conceptually, as the name of the series implies. The compositions are refined and seek the essence of the sitter. Six Breaths Per Minute is about slowing down the photographic process, the craft of traditional phot0graphic processes and making portraits of people I care about.