I talked about Sally Mann during my midterm project. I find her work fascinating as she uses a camera to manipulate the truth of her familiar surroundings to convey something personal and unique. As I said, her work primarily focuses on her family as the subject. Her earlier work is mainly of her young children, usually in the nude and explores innocence and sexuality. She also worked on pinhole landscapes with a very eerie, abandoned feeling to them.
I absolutely love strong mood of all of these photographs, and hope to express this in my own work. I think the rough look of some of these photographs, indicating the process by which they were created, and the shallow depth of field help to create this effect.
Later on in her career, Mann became focused on death and degradation, as her husband suffered from muscular dystrophy. Though I prefer her earlier photographs (at least in terms of inspiration for my own work), I think that seeing her evolution as an artist is essential. During this time, she visited a body farm (where forensics of human body decomposition is studied). Here is a collection of her later work.