ART 576: Advanced Photography
Digital Prints; 8″x11″
The Navajo Textile Project focuses on the restoration and documentation of unique Navajo Blankets that have been influenced by the English language. The project will look into the issues of cultural identification within traditional and contemporary Navajos lifestyles. The collection is of great importance and needs to be seen by the world because it gives a glimpse into the history of Navajo weaving that has occurred in the past 100 years.
The idea for the project originated from Jamie Ross, a longtime collector of Navajo Blankets. The collection itself is housed in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, and includes over 700 blankets that vary in design and age. The intention of the project was to photograph each blankets but later developed into the idea of creating a book as well as exhibition for the pieces that are influenced by the English language.
Images photographed are part of the project, and are portraits of Jamie Ross. I used two different lighting techniques and wanted to know which portrait works best.