Inside the Studio

Ryan on "Sketchbook"

Photographer Ryan James MacFarland tells us about his Sketchbook series, an ongoing polaroid project he has maintained since 2011. Sketchbook was presented at PULSE Miami Beach in December 2015.

To view a digital catalog of the entire Sketchbook project, email hello@upriseart.com. The works have also been posted on the artist’s Tumblr (here).

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“ I honestly take pictures of what intrigues me and sparks my curiosity and taking pictures is basically my way of trying to figure out the big question of existence.”

— Ryan James MacFarland

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“Showing a few thousand of them would be amazing and beyond overwhelming. I’m going to keep shooting polaroids, no question. But I’m still having trouble mentally accepting them as singular pieces of artwork. ”

— Ryan James MacFarland

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“They have just never had the precious quality to to them because I shoot them so much and think of them as doodles or sketches. I think it might be one of those situations where their fate will be decided for me, which I kind of love. ”

— Ryan James MacFarland

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“I just let things happen and shoot things that confuse and enthrall me, which I’ve learned is a lot.”

— Ryan James MacFarland

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