Taylor Holland – Eurobus


Photographs ©Taylor Holland

This series of 58 digital photographs was shot on bicycle commutes in Paris, France in Spring 2011.

This book is dedicated to the anonymous designers of European tour bus graphics, who have embraced an underappreciated art space and made it their own.

Taylor Holland, Eurobus – Matmos press

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  • http://sunsetjunction.livejournal.com/ sunsetjunction

    You could almost apply your above argument to John Divola’s “As Far As I Could Get” series. Someone would look at those images and probably say big deal, he ran as fast as he could away from the camera while it snapped a picture. My point is anyone can make an argument or criticism for any kind of project if they desire to. I’d rather learn more about their deliberate intention, even if I didn’t relate to it.  Personally, I feel Holland’s Eurobus seemed more like a playful graphic exercise for him to document while commuting on bike.   I don’t think it’s a good or bad photo series. If anything, and possibly worse, it’s just forgettable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bryanformhals Bryan Formhals

    For me, there’s always a danger of being overly dogmatic about about one’s sensibility. Is this the type of work I generally gravitate toward? No. But I liked how brutally precise this project was, plus all the bright colors! I think I’d probably prefer to see it all together as a big collage rather than in a book.

    But bottom line, I do see a point in publishing only work that I know our audience will enjoy. Sometimes I think it’s good to get out of our comfort zones and remember photoland is a large, bustling metropolis. We only inhabit one small neighborhood.

  • Emmanuel

    Sorry, it was probably a pointless comment like that. A part of me was trying to avoid a rant about this stuff – since I love most of the things that Bryan publishes here, another part of me couldn’t resist. What I meant was: 

    “Seriously? A book made of 58 photographs of details of buses? Everyone’s free to make a book out of anything obviously but I feel like the deep and somewhat meaningful interest in typologies that started with Ruscha and the Bechers nowadays became just a dull, repetitive, dull, very very dull exercise of style on literally ANY possible subject. From series of handguns to series of organs, from mines to trees, all the way to series over series of portraits of bored teenagers in front of shopping malls while the sun sets. 

    Most of these series don’t manage to communicate anything to me. Anything. I often feel like there isn’t any actual reason to shoot them [at least the Bechers were trying to document something disappearing] and there isn’t any artistic expression through style and/or talent. I always feel like this kind of stuff belongs to those projects I plan when I’m having some drunk conversation at the pub with my friends ["wouldn't it be cool to make a series of just teeth kids left for the tooth fairy?" or "Let's take 66 pictures of puke on the sidewalks on Saturday mornings and say they're a metaphor for something deep." or "You know what we should do? Take a picture of bricks and rocks and then explain the viewers why they are meaningful and what they have to feel when they look at them." The last one is actually a Stephen Gill's project.]

    The kind of art that inspires me and makes me feel alive is art that engages deeply with a subject [the subject doesn't have to be deep, the engagement has to] and stimulates emotions and thoughts in me. This to me is art – as in ‘expression or application of human creative skill and imagination’ – that simply, half-heartedly and somehow sarcastically ‘comments’ on reality while suppressing a well constructed yawn.

    [Apparently rants make me feel alive as well. :) ]

  • Noah Beil

    Emmanuel,

    I’m not into this set of photos. I think it’s too graphic and repetitive, and the photographs don’t push the subject beyond what already existed on the sides of the buses. So maybe we’re in agreement, but I’m wondering if you’d care to elaborate on your one word comment which doesn’t seem conducive to starting a meaningful discussion.

    Noah

  • http://www.facebook.com/bryanformhals Bryan Formhals

    Yes, seriously.

  • Emmanuel

    Seriously?