I have arrived at a point, re: "the new snapshot, where I have a sizeable body of work all made while sitting on my butt on my Adirondack chair on my back porch. I most certainly was not attempting to make a body of work with that POV M.O. as my guiding light. Nevertheless, over time, there it is.
Were I to name this body of work-and I will-the name must be My Tribute to André Kertesz. The reason for that title is rather straight forward ... late in his life Kertesz was a broken man who had lost his direction. He began his successful recovery from that state of mind when he began making pictures soley within the confines of his apartment or from the windows thereof. The making of those pictures was accomplished with his exclusive use of a Polaroid SX-70 camera.
So, a simple camera (my iPhone) and making pictures in a confined area (my back porch) are my connection to Mr. Kertesz and his work. I don't know how late in life Kertesz was when he began his SX-70 work but, at 70, I guess I'm kinda late in life as well. Fortunately, I am not a broken man (mentally, emotionally or physically), have not lost my direction nor am I in need of any kind of recovery.
All of that written, there has been a book sitting unused on one of my bookshelves for many years. That book, André Kertesz The Polaroids, has, as of today, recaptured my attention. It is a beautiful book - the reproduction, the design / paper / binding, and, of course, André Kertesz's pictures. I would highly recommend it as must read / view to help any picture maker understand the picture making potential to be found in the most unsuspecting of places.