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Community Highlight: Mick Hangland-Skill

Updated: Oct 11, 2019

Mick is one of the graduates selected to exhibit in the Blackfish Gallery 24th Annual Recent Graduates Show throughout the month of July. A selection of his series "Urban Solitude" will be hanging in the show. If you want insight into his thoughts check out the Artist Talk July 30th at 2pm. Otherwise enjoy the opening reception July 3rd from 6-9pm.



Name: Mick Hangland-Skill


Location: Portland, OR


Website: mickhs.com


Social Media: Instagram mick.jpg


Artist Statement:

My photographs show an intimacy with my subject, but I know I am an outsider. I am a participant in a moment, but not in their lives. While the camera mediates an interaction between us, we each maintain our personal spaces. I enter their space for just a moment; enough for a brief acknowledgement but not so long to break their solitude. These have been points of personal contention; dilemmas between knowing someone and knowing their image.


Who/what is your biggest artistic influence?

I come from a modern street photography practice in the likes of Robert Frank, Gary Winogrand and Diane Arbus. Recently, I’ve been looking to contemporary practitioners such as Alec Soth, Sally Mann and Rosalind Fox Solomon. I appreciate their work and have been looking at ways to incorporate narrative, poetry and sequence as they do.


Favorite piece of photographic equipment?

My trusty and beloved Rolleiflex 3.5A is always at my hip.


What is your preferred subject matter?

People are always at the center of my work. When I’m feeling flat in my work it’s usually because I have drifted away from people. This has been a recent goal of mine: to be closer.


Where was the last place you went on vacation?

My family and I visited Venice Beach, CA no too long ago where my most recent work was made. My parents lived in Venice in the 80’s and is a favorite place to return every so often. I use this as an excuse to distinguish myself from the other tourists and hipsters that crowd the boardwalk. You know, the one’s I photograph, right?


When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?

Free time is a relatively new concept to this recent college grad. Because of that, I have been intentional in how I spend my downtime. I still feel guilty taking time for myself as I’m used to every moment dedicated to my academic success. Still, I can relax, fall into a book, article or poem and accompany myself with music.


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