Outside the Mainstream: Photography by Jim Holbrook
Jim Holbrook’s photography practice centers on photographs of people, places and events in New Mexico. Jim’s seems to enjoy looking in particular at groups outside the mainstream, and traditions therein.
Jim is currently working on a project in which he is photographing New Mexico’s descanos – roadside memorials for people who have been killed in highway traffic accidents. Using both black and white, and colour photography techniques, the artist memorializes the memorials themselves, creating portraits that are both respectful and fascinating when viewed as a series. The intricate detail put into each individual memorial stands as a testament to a family’s loss and collective efforts.
I also really enjoy the photographer’s other projects, such as his series’ Day of the Dead Marigold Parade, and Mexico 2014 Jim has a real knack for capturing people’s individual vitality and energy, packing it all into a single still image. His subjects are not models, but normal people captured in candid moments of revelry and everyday life.