Approximately 15 - 18 seconds on a beach in Uruguay - one thing does lead to another
Walkabouts are my most common method of photographing -- I simply take my camera out for a walk. I go out without a preconceived notion of what I will look for. I do go out with my point of view on the world - how I see things. I feel what I feel and my photographic style emerges from that.
Photographs made in St. Louis in August, 2017.
Feeling our way, guided by circumstance. We continue on...
We are all on our own voyage of discovery - finding our own purpose and method.
Inspired by the short story "Finding", by Joanne Dugan
Somehow we began and ended in a place we didn't know before
Trust was what we needed most to learn
Suddenly the voices started
Each thing became a guide
The world took a deep breath as it spoke,
And wisdom was born just by looking.
Originally published in "To Music & Other Short Stories", 1991
The boats surrounding the Kensico Reservoir have been a consistent subject of mine for the past four years. These represent some of my first "legal" images - taken after obtaining the proper permit to be there. Which was, of course, precipitated by coming out of the woods after a shooting session to two police cars around my car, and a third on its way. A trespassing ticket ensued but I was cleared of all charges paying "court costs". A relatively small price to pay for the story.
In 2015 I created my first photographic conceptual project, "In The Footsteps of Alfred" to mild acclaim in my own mind. The premise was easy enough -- photograph in and around four principal locations in New a York City where Alfred Stieglitz may have also photographed from. These are locations I continually find myself returning to.
While my original series was shot with digital, Stieglitz used a 4x5 Graflex as his "hand camera". I have started retracing my own footsteps shooting in formats closer to his.
To work everyday is a gift beyond compare.
My first solo 4x5 exposure, processed myself. Clearly some improvements to be made but I'm extatic nonetheless.
Four hundred feet of perspective.
Nine Note Scales are exercises - a warm up - practice. Maybe a beginning of a more significant series, maybe just what it is now.
From below, all heights look unreachable.
It happens all over the world -- Leaves grow on trees, turn beautiful colors, and then fall. And then, of course, it happens all over again.
In Bryant Park in December, it’s the part where the trees have dropped their leaves onto the sidewalk, stairs, and the little green tables and chairs that adorn the park.
Leaves grow up in a world surrounded by their own kind. They're only interaction is with similar leaves. Perhaps they mingle, perhaps not. Where a leaf falls, however, is up to the fates. Their connections to other leaves are tenuous at best.
Please note - this is NOT the story of the ten year old boy burning a leaf with the sun and a magnifying glass. It could have been, but it’s not.
This is a modern day romance.....