PM: I remember your project 12 of Twelve, in which you set up to complete one project each month for the whole year in 2015. How did you pick the subjects of each project, and do you still continue to « impose » yourself this rhythm now that the whole project’s complete?
LG: The rhythm has definitely changed for the better! Coming up with a new project every month and trying to execute something that was at least somewhat coherent was really exhausting. I would literally wake up in the middle of the night and think, oh shit! What day is this?! Did I shoot a project for this month yet?! So, I don’t miss that part. It was a great exercise though and really pushed me to make work consistently, each month, for an entire year, which I hadn’t done before. A lot of the projects I started for 12 of Twelve opened doors to new things – new relationships or new ways of thinking about how I want to try to capture a subject. Some of the subjects that I started photographing during 2015 I’ve continued to shoot for longer term projects, so I would say overall, 12 of Twelve felt, and continues to feel, like a successful idea. It got me out of my head a bit and into the world, which is definitely something I’ve struggled with.
PM: What makes something worthy of being photographed for you?
LG: I think the subjects I’ve been most drawn to or excited about photographing are subjects I’ve had some sort of personal interest in. Whether it be a specific person or the world that they live in, the activity they engage in, I’m not sure. I suppose I want to learn new things through photography, so I find that I get most excited about exploring specific worlds and subcultures – whether I’m familiar with them or not, I like to watch the way people exist and move through their lives.