Saturday, March 17, 2007

Dana Point Light

I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to the sum of my photography. Two long plane rides will provide the time to reflect. Especially back in coach with no power and no room to open a laptop.

I see no theme and wonder if, at my age, I’ll ever have a body of work that provides something lasting. In the March 2007 issue of Black & White Photography, Duncan Hewitt writes about Lu Nan, a Chinese photographer that has solely been focused on black and white photography for 15 years. His work, and his life, are dedicated to the pursuit of a body of work that stretches across time and is interconnected. His work is focused on spirituality according to the article.

Living in China, it’s been difficult to get his work seen and he has tackled some difficult subjects. The images in the magazine were wonderful but it’s the underlying theme of spirituality throughout his projects that is really interesting. It ties in well to the amount of sacrifice he is willing to make.

What I find fascinating is the willingness to sacrifice so much to make the images. It seems to me that these individuals are rare. I’m certainly not one of them. But I wish I’d paid more attention throughout the years to photography and built up a body of work. I’ve always wanted to tell stories. I don’t know if it’s the body of thematic work I want or the work to be about the stories I’ve wanted to tell.

I couldn't find a link to Nan's work in the limited time I had to search. If you find a link let me know.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Outside the Aircraft Window

Returning from Cambridge, UK and my #%* hurts to living hell. I digress.

Crossing over Idaho and the mountains I shot several images. These aren't them because I don’t have those developed yet. I had a few rolls of Kodak 400BW and these particular images were made as we were making our approach into LAX.

I shot several images over Idaho and over California as we came into LA. I don’t know why I try this so often because most of the images look like crap. Haze makes everything low contrast on the film, the airplane window is two panes thick, scratched up and makes for a terrible filter. But there is something about going over mountains, particularly snow capped mountains, that gets to me.

It’s mostly a reminder of my trip out to Alaska in the summer of 1979. To this day I vividly remember wanting to to be walking on those ridges, climbing the peaks, descending the steep ravines. Every time I fly over the mountains and have a window seat I have that same thought. And if I have a camera I make a few images. It’s just like a million other images out there and we probably don’t need more but they are a reminder for me and I like these images.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

What Would You Do?

If you had the guts to quit and work at whatever you wanted to do, what would you do? It’s a question I ask myself from time to time, and certainly more often, as I grow older.

There are no photographs today; just a link to a video interview with Ryan Spencer Reed. As a young man this was the work I wanted to do.

Make images that could make a difference.