Thank you so much to everyone who has left a comment on my photography. I really appreciate that you have taken the time, and it’s very encouraging.
For many years now I have taken photographs, most of which are not “understood” by the people to whom I show them. So reading comments about my work makes me feel understood!
I like to think of my photographs as being like a combination of abstract paintings which express an emotion (Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, Fred Williams) and documentary-style photographs which stop time (Andre Kertesz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Brassai). I’m usually too afraid to take photographs of people I don’t know, but if I could, I would love to emulate Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, and Garry Winogrand, who all capture the essence of what it is to be human.
If I could paint what was in my head, I would. But because I can’t, I take photographs. They are also an elegant way of translating my thoughts, feelings and world view with immediacy.
BTW, for what it’s worth, I don’t like to crop my photographs (I prefer to frame them accurately first), and I don’t like to artificially manipulate them. (Nothing wrong with either of those things, I just don’t do them myself.) I also like the imperfections that can occur in people, in the man made world, and in the natural deterioration of the God-made world. I prefer photography which is somehow imperfect. Which makes me probably one of the only humans on the planet who doesn’t favor the photographs of Ansel Adams! (Love the technical expertise! But can’t find the emotion!)
This is my first blog, my first rant. Thank you if you’ve taken the time to read it.