Blog Menu

Sense of Narrative: Photography and Film by Alexander Headley

A film still from a production entitled JamJam (film still)

Alexander Headley is a filmmaker and photographer who takes documentary-style photographs of people and their surrounding environment. Each of Alexander’s photographs focuses on a scene with a distinct sense of narrative, fitting with film-based nature of the artist’s overall practice.


An untitled production photo by Andrew HeadleyUntitled


Alexander’s short films also hold to this slice-of-life mode of viewing the world. I get the sense, looking through Alexander’s portfolio, that the artist seeks to capture moments and relationships in a real and “true” fashion – without necessarily relying on any strict authorial intent. Some of these images remind me of the similarly narrative photographic practice of Michael Matthew Woodlee.


The front page of Alexander Headley's film portfolioAlexander's portfolio page,


Also in Alexander’s portfolio is a selection of production photos. I like the candid nature of these images – they appear just composed enough to be considered part of an artistic portfolio, yet still serve to capture a sense of spontaneity and broken narrative, like fragmented sections of a greater story. 


A photo of a young man standing over top of a statue of the FonzJohn and the Fonz

About the author

Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

Read more of Dallas' posts

Make your art portfolio easy

and focus your time on making art.


Try free for 30 days. No payment required.