Friday, March 11, 2011


Photography, perhaps the most ubiquitous form of imagery we have.
The medium not yet two hundred years old has been a transforming device in our lives in too many ways to count. It informs, it sells, it records, it reveals us to ourselves. There are as many ways in which photography is utilized as there are people who "push the button" to save a moment. So image saturated is our culture that it has pushed the art photography to a select audience of those who study and appreciate it on any level. Anyone can do it, right? The push of a button on your 4G smart-phone and an image is made that would astonish Mr.Daguerre,
H. Fox Talbot and friends.
Another button pushed and the image is gone "deleted", forgotten, on to the next instant.

For me, photography is . . . more.

Some may ask, why write another blog (w/images;) on photography? There are times in life when things need re-introduced or reacquainted with us as to their importance to us, for us.
I believe in the power of photography, of art for that matter, to teach, to communicate, to illustrate our time and possibly show those in the future the good we have done and our mistakes to. Photography teaches. The power exists in many ways to reach beyond our time and show us who we were, are and may become.

Photography is . . . an observation.

Although photography is rooted in the literal, the documentary, it should be eminently capable
of dealing with ideas thoughts and feelings.

A document.

Pictures can offer us three verities as quoted by Robert Adams. " Geography, autobiography, and metaphor.
Geography: is if taken alone, sometimes boring.

Autobiography: frequently trivial.

Metaphor: can be dubious.

But together . . . the three kinds of information strengthen each other and reinforce what we all seek to keep intact- an affection for life."

Photography is . . .an experience.

"Photography need not be concerned just about simple formalism, simple propaganda, or simple sociology; it might carry all the complexity of an artist's internal musings upon the nature of culture and human experience.

Photography is . . . an act of love.

"I'm always looking outside, trying to look inside, trying to say something that's true. But maybe nothing is really true except what's out there, and whats out there is always changing."

Photography is . . .an act of respect.

"There is nothing more mysterious as a fact clearly described. Photography is a two-way act of respect. Respect for the medium and respect for the subject. I photograph to see what things look like photographed."

Photography is . . . a quest.

Photography is . . . a compulsion.

Photography is . . an adventure.

"The world we live in is a succession of fleeting moments, any one of which might say something significant. Look harder at our world, to see more and to feel more."

Photography is . . .an obsession.

"One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you'd be stricken blind . . . to live a visual life is an enormous undertaking, practically unattainable. But when the great photographs are produced, it will be down that road . . . I have only touched it, just touched it."

I posted a fragment on facebook last week(photography is . . .)
I want to thank all those who responded. Enjoyed them all. Highly rated on my list of those comments , thanks Pat H. and JRW you hit it the nail on the head.