JAMAICA: Faces Of My Own. Volume 1, is a traveling photography exhibit that highlights the importance of individual identity within a community and accentuates the relationship between them.
Inspired by a tradition of organic story-telling, these large format photographs display the face as a map to the world, sharing stories told by lines, expressions, and minute gestures captured by Hudson’s naked perception. Choosing subjects from his family’s home parish in Jamaica, Hudson used natural light to create photos that draw the viewers into the minds and stories of his people.
Shot by Wade Hudson, Faces Of My Own starts with Volume 1 at Hermann & Audrey from November 6th – 10th, then travels across the city to be featured at Daniel’s Spectrum, the new arts and cultural centre in Regent Park until February 2014.
Inspired by human expressiveness and complexity, Hudson captures intricate and intense details in a composed, yet uncomposed style. We sat down with him to get his take on photography and talk about his upcoming exhibit.
Q & A
Why did you choose to pursue photography?
The truth is I’ve always wanted to draw. You know how people always tell you that all you need is practice, that you’ll eventually improve. Well, some people just don’t! Even my stick men would be out of proportion. I switched to digital and began to enjoy it, realizing that I more interested in the process of photography.
What captures your attention the most while taking photos?
I enjoy shooting people and faces and I guess the eyes would be what captures my attention the most. It’s really weird how two little things on your face can tell so much about a person. And everybody’s eyes are different, I try to capture the beauty in everyone.
What was your inspiration behind JAMAICA?
Honestly, it was me coming up to Toronto and not seeing anything that I could really connect with. I had already spent two, three years here and hadn’t seen my friends from back home in a long time. I missed being there. I fell in love with the idea of portraiture and made a promise to myself that if I ever went back, I would be sure to capture the community and the people. Simple moments like the re-telling of a joke, a laugh, a person’s expression, were things I really missed. I needed to package them up and bring them back to Toronto with me.
Do you know all of the people in those photographs personally?
Most of the people I photographed are known by everyone in the community. People who I grew up around and seem as if they’ve been around forever. There were some I’d never spoken to until I approached them with a camera! It was interesting because starting up conversations for the first time with them felt like I had known them forever. I also have family in there: my aunt, my uncle, my dad. Family and community.
What would you like to be remembered for?
Just making people happy. I don’t care about taking the best picture in the world. Obviously I wouldn’t mind that happening, but what I’d love the most would be to take the best photograph someone’s ever had taken of them.
Join us for the opening, November 7th 2013, 6pm-11pm at 1506 Dundas St West.