The Struggle to Find Words

When I first encountered images from the New Topographics movement of the mid 1970’s I was thrilled as I finally saw images that were made in a manner that was similar to the way I saw and photographed the world around me.  It was a revelation and inspired me to continue making images in this style.

Despite this revelation, I often struggle to find the words to describe my work.  The following quote from Wim Wenders puts into words what I try to portray in my imagery:

I am not a landscape photographer. I am interested in people. I am interested in our civilisation. I am interested in what traces we leave in landscapes, in cities and places. But I wait until people have gone, until they are out of the shot. So the place can start talking about us.

Source:  Every landscape tells a story

1045 is part of my Where We Live portfolio.

Who lives in 1045?  How do they live?  Do they use that platter prominently displayed in the window for family dinners or is it a cherished piece that is only for display?

I have no idea who lives at 1045, how they live, if they are happy or sad, but I can imagine based on the the various elements that they present to the world and that are made visible in this image.

To me the photograph above is a question that encourages thoughtful consideration.  That is precisely what I find enriching about this genre of photography and why I love it so much.

 

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Unintentional 50mm Lens Challenge

I have been forced by circumstances to participate in a 50mm lens photography challenge. So I am testing out the theory that limiting yourself to one focal length will challenge the way you see and make images.

As a photographer I don’t have a lot of gear and since my 17-50mm lens is currently locked in the 17mm position and I don’t use my very old 55-200mm kit lens very often I am down to my 50mm prime lens for daily use.   I’m up for the challenge!

The last couple of years have been a challenge personally and my photography has taken a back seat to life.  I simply didn’t any creative energy in reserve to work on my art.  Fortunately life has calmed down quite a bit and I have recently felt the pull of an itchy shutter finger.

Today I made a concerted effort to exercise that itchy shutter finger and took my dog Harry and my camera for a walk around the neighborhood.   We were out for an hour or so and I made thirty-four images.  Some will likely never see the light of day and others encouraged me to dig deeper into how and why I see the way I do.

It was a good walk!

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