We share our lives via photography. But we often alter images to make our world look better. We take multiple photo just to get that one, perfect shot and then share it, leaving the others to die in forgotten camera rolls.
But what if you couldn’t do any of that?
In this collection of 365 Reno, Mike Higdon used film to capture unfiltered reality. Starting July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017, he used one roll of 36 exposures per month. He took one, sometimes two, shots per day, then developed them at the end of each month at a local camera store.
Unlike digital photography, the type of film loaded in his camera dictated the photos he could take for the month. The speed, brand and type of film altered the final print and affected what photos could be made.
The results are imperfect, like our lives.
Mike Higdon, a Nevada artist born in 1985, struggles to bridge the objectivity of journalism and the subjectivity of art.
As the city life reporter for the Reno Gazette-Journal, practicing journalism forces him to see a world of absolutes: right, accurate and factual. But, his worldview allows for nuance. As an artist and photographer he tries to find the overlap between the two.
Resistant to fake images and digital manipulation, Higdon squeezes honest moments out of life, often finding humor in juxtaposition or revealing something people overlook.
He hopes people will see a truer world and a truer self in the images he makes.