Friday, December 25, 2015

Urban landscape

After more than four decades I can finally say what it is that I do — what I'm after. The answer is very simple. It's not difficult to grasp.

My Xmas present to myself was a Cosina 28-50mm zoom lens. Narrow range. Should be sharp. Perfect for this kind of work.

All the time I was thrashing about, trying and failing to find the elusive image, I was quietly taking these. Documenting my environment. Whether or not (by chance) there are human beings in the frame, there is always one person there: the one behind the camera. It's implied.

This is a landscape of the human psyche.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Documentary images

A 'new' old idea. Photographs that document. Not in the way of photojournalism because the subject matter seems hardly worthy of note.

I am not making a statement, not being 'creative', just seeing what is there. Something that catches my interest for reasons that I am perhaps not even able to articulate.

That feeling when...

Each of these images gave me that feeling. Not in a big way, more a momentary 'ah!' of recognition. These images are everywhere and yet it takes a special effort to see them, to be 'caught' — in that way.

I don't know what more to say. I have been trying too hard to be 'creative' — trying to make something out of nothing using the hocus pocus of camera technique — when what I should be doing is attending to what is out there, the thing whatever it is that gives me 'that feeling when'.

My resolution for 2016.