Max Rosenstein talks creation in isolation with RBC
“RBC client Max Rosenstein is the kind of artist who needs to stay productive and creative. One day while alone in his studio, he decided to take his own portrait, to capture his isolation in the near-empty building. He then captured a shot of a fellow photographer from the parking lot and his girlfriend at home, and thats when the wheels started turning.
Rosenstein found that capturing images in isolation could create connection and a shared story between people. His series of isolation photographs began to take shape as he photographed friends and neighbours who were sheltering at home.
Asked if his friends generally accept his request to photograph them, he says they typically agree. I photograph people in condo buildings and they may be on the 10th floor. Im in the parking lot and were talking back and forth by phone. Even if youre not talking face to face, you can see their face and have a conversation with them. It gives an element of human interaction most people dont have right now. He also admits that the social interaction and creative release is keeping him positive. Being able to see someone, even from twenty feet away
I get some sanity out of it. Its an excuse to stay creative. Otherwise youre just sitting and waiting for things to finish, he says of his project.
And the response has been overwhelmingly positive. The families and individuals he has been photographing have been very appreciative of both the experience and the photos he has given to them, free or charge. Just the idea of seeing other people in the same boat provides comfort to people who are alone or afraid, he says.
But as much as its an escape for someone to have their picture taken, Rosenstein reveals that its an escape for him as well. I can look back at these photos and think about the conversations I had. For him, recording the moment is more about the people than it is about the circumstances. And the authenticity that comes with photographing at a distance is an added reward. I like getting what Im going to get, he says of the genuine, improvised nature of his shots.
Hear how Max Rosensteins Isolation Series began, and how it has evolved into a project of human connection that shows people that although they are isolated, they are far from alone.”
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