34: John Wagner

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34: John Wagner
John Wagner studied art with an emphasis on traditional silver and non-silver processes. His interest in photography has landed him all over the world, but he writes that his focus never relies simply on location. He has this to say about his process:

"I've always been intrigued with the idea that each photograph I create records a moment in my own life. Sometimes the photograph relates directly to what is happening in my personal life and other times it is not as obvious. This information, recorded first on film and later manipulated in the darkroom, in a way, becomes a visual diary or journal."

Read more about Wagner and his work after the jump ...

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List five things on your inspiration wall (real or imaginary):
- My daughter Maisie inspires me. As thoughtful and sweet as can be, she is a favorite subject of many of my photographs. I hope she knows how important she is to me and that she will one day cherish the images as much as I do.
- Friends.
- When it comes to photography, I'm a traditionalist and have been inspired by the work of many photographers whose images are honest and thoughtful without being over-complicated or pretentious.
- Large cities. I love the movement and commotion.
 - Music. Unfortunately, it's not the type most others want to hear.
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2. What was your last big project?
A series of photographs taken at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. The landscape is endless, an enormous dry salt lake bed. Every year, people travel here to attempt new land speed records in every sort of vehicle -- vintage hot rods, motorcycles, and contemporary streamlined rockets on wheels. The images are a study of the vast landscape as well as the people who return to it year after year to celebrate the culture of speed.

I've also just finished a smaller, self-assigned project, "24 hours in Phoenix." This was just a simple exercise to shoot one image every hour for an entire day, using Phoenix as a backdrop.


3. What's your next big project?
Bonneville is also my next big project, or at least a continuation of the last. I'll be working on the Salt Flats in August and again in October.

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4. What do you think the Phoenix art scene needs more of?
It needs to continue to grow and develop. To do that, it needs the support of the community. Phoenix has an enormous pool of talent and people should have better access to it.

5. What's something you want Phoenix to know about you? (And if you're game, what's something you really don't want Phoenix to know about you?)

I'm not nearly as grumpy as I appear to be ... well, most of the time.

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