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

Written by: Dallas Jeffs
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