Roger Ballen is a celebrated photographic artist working in South Africa whose images are known for their deep and often brooding examinations of interior psychological spaces….and rats.
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Episode 04: Roger has been gracious to me. I have covered his work often and his work is something of the singular. His conversation with me taught me many lessons, but one particular lesson was my reliance on relative terms. I tried to cage Roger early on by asking questions about geography and it was a mistake. We are only but thoughts and further we exist outside of the terms dictated by the struggles of categorization. With all of these conversations, I am trying to find a way, between latitude, biology, and the mind to delineate a discussion about image-making. Roger was kind about my fumble and I greatly appreciate his ability to express his way of thinking about images.