Closely lensing her friends for over nine years in I-XV, photographer Danielle Tice proffers up the warrior wounds and savage beauty of youth as “proof” of her own existence. She admits: “When you get older, it feels like the popular course of action is to write off youthful, frenzied adventures as misplaced delusions of immortality. My pre-occupation with the 'now' stems from a hyperawareness of my own death. Its when I’m feeling most mortal that my need to document is at its peak.”
Citing internet artists and Nan Goldin as influences, for Tice, the raw thrill-seeking experience is not merely transient, but life-defining. Beyond the crowd-surfing and wild house-partying from LA to Portland, deeper drives are often at work. Equal to these bacchanalian desires—or perhaps even greater than the pure event itself—is the need to document and take pictures, to prove to oneself (and others) that one has actually “been there.”
What influences your work?
Anyone making documentary work right now who doesn’t credit Nan Goldin is a jerk. Even though I began taking photos before I was aware of her, she is the reason color photos of your drunk friends having a picnic can matter to people who aren’t your friends. When I discovered her work at 19, I became instantly obsessed. “Ballad of Sexual Dependency” was so validating for me.
Anyone making documentary work right now who doesn’t credit Nan Goldin is a jerk.
The most challenging aspect of shooting this series?
Taking pictures in the moment feels completely organic, so I’d say there’s nothing challenging about the process itself. Its become such an instantaneous thing. Snapping, editing, and publicly releasing a photo has been condensed into a 5-minute activity that I can do on my phone. The hardest part is revisiting series I have shot of people who are no longer in my life.
New directions or projects?
I’m in the development stages of making another film: about magic and skyping and falling in love with people you’ve never touched. I’m really excited by the idea of internet mysticism and the effects it could potentially have on us and the next generation. Ideally, it would be super colorful, but also super metal.
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