Amery Butcher’s Artist Statement
I’ve always found the phrase “life imitating art” to be redundant. For me, life is art; and communication, the medium. So before I am a photographer, more than I am a writer or a cinematographer, I consider myself, Amery Butcher, a communicator.
My preferred medium is one-on-one conversation, but in lieu of that and in an aim to reach a greater volume of people, the camera is the next best option. I love photography, and in particular candid photography. In fact, mimesis is more or less a running theme in most of my work – as a writer I’m drawn to human interest pieces; as a filmmaker, to documentaries.
I am chiefly influenced by the works of photojournalists like Peter Turnley and David Guttenfelder, but I’ve learned the most from the people I have interacted with. Sam Abel taught me the value of patience, Risée Chaderton taught me to hone my observational skills, Sonia Williams taught me that to breathe was to control my surroundings, CM Hardclyde Walcott taught me to think critically. For me, this residency is a continuation/application of that learning experience.
My project will attempt to start a discussion regarding the impact that contemporary Caribbean artists are making in terms of having a presence in the societal consciousness. I will attempt this through the use of a mixture of film and photos.
Previous project: http://thehipbridgetown.tumblr.com/