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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