About the Series
HooDoo Series is a photo blog love-project about people who do inspiring things.
The series is photo and interview based. It seeks to tell the stories of the inspiring souls interviewed in it, but also to inspire the reader. HooDoo Series would like to bring people together and create connections.
Everyone has a story to tell.
Amy Glass is the photographer and creator of HooDoo Series.
And what's a hoodoo?
Definition of 'HooDoo':
- HooDoos, in North America, are natural vertical rock formations, formed by years of weathering.
- HooDoo is also a synonym of voodoo or black magic.
Based on these definitions, let's say that everyone has that hoodoo inside of them. Weathered or shaped by their environment and as their personal talent or magic.
- Any opinions present on this blog are held by the person stating them. The intent is to let the interviewee tell their story.
- Comments on this blog are moderated. If the comment does not add to the conversation, it will be deleted. HooDoo Series does not air others' dirty laundry.
Logo 'HooDoo' by Lisa Ragland.
Photo by Giles Clement.
Some HooDoo about me
That's me, Amy Glass. I am a photographer.
I've been involved in photography for a long time, was always pretty good at it. But a personal "AH-HA!" moment came in my sophomore year at college...sort of. The project was documentary, a series of 10-12 photographs in black and white, telling a story. My story was about bodybuilders; which, admittedly, is a little out there. (I am beginning to realize that I'm a person with odd connections...) These bodybuilders were really passionate about what they were doing and I really enjoyed listening to their stories: why they got into bodybuilding, how they geared up for competition, even their diets. And my professors got really excited looking at my photographs. They were talking about how much of a breakthrough this was for me. How the photographs were really good.
At the time, I was a little stunned. Really? These are mediocre photographs of really muscular people. I was hung up on making technically and artistically good photographs. As Ira Glass says, my taste level and my skill level hadn't met up yet. That is what I was seeing. What my professors were seeing, was my ability to connect with my subject and to tell their story in my photographs.
Deep right? It's funny, I had totally forgotten about that project until a few years AFTER I started this blog. And now what my professors were trying to tell me all makes sense...
So, thanks professors.