Adam K

Photo © Liese Ricketts

I am sure you remember the series "13" by Liese Ricketts that was on show here on 591 Photography last year (October 27 - November 23). In all 32 photographs were presented on a daily basis. You may also see the pictures from this unique work in a gallery view.

I am glad to be able to continue this series with a second round, beginning today. - Mr Urbano

Here is what Liese says:

The human face has infinite fascination for me. Although in life we observe a face, with its fugitive identity, momentarily, we are allowed through the photograph to scrutinize expression and gesture in a way normal human interaction does not allow. This series is titled 13, as I am photographing 13-year olds whom I teach. It is a series I have worked on for four years now and will continue until I retire, perhaps another 10 years. I would like to have 150-200 final images and produce a book of work as well as an exhibition.

I only photograph my students during the school day when we both have a moment free to relate to each other in the environment we share. “Why thirteen?” you may ask. Perhaps it is because thirteen was a magical time in my life. I was so excited to be a new teenager, an age group with cult-like status. I was happy to be at the top of the middle school heap. Everything seemed possible.

For over thirty years I have taught photography to students who are thirteen to eighteen years old. Each year I age; the faces of those before me remain young. I am amazed at the striking and radical change between 8th grade and freshman year. Each year I observe the changes that happen with their bodies, attitudes, and abilities. The freshness, openness, and translucency of my young students’ faces soon change to something else.

I do not know whether I am more photographer than teacher or more teacher than photographer. The line has blurred very comfortably.

- Liese Ricketts


Tiberio Fanti said…
I have no doubt that the new series will be at the same level than the first. It's been a pleasure to review them again.