Yet another body of work, water, has emerged from my picture library as the result of a gallery call for submissions for an exhibition of the same name. I'll soon have a water gallery on my WORK front page.
Picture of Robert and I was made by my new picture making acquaintance using my Olympus camera. FYI, that's me on the left.
Back from yet another road trip. Made some pictures and will post same.
I also met (in my hotel bar) and spent the better part of 3 hours with a supporting-herself working photographer (local to the area I was visiting). It was a very enjoyable encounter but it did instigate a bit of sadness which resulted from the fact that she had never seen a camera like my Oly EP-5 (with optical viewfinder).
That fact was not sadness inducing in and of itself. Rather, it was the fact that she had probably never had the experieince - being 30 years old - of visiting a stand alone sole proprietor camera store. That is, a place where a customer can see, handle and converse about (with an informed sales person with whom one might build a long term professional relationship) a wide range of camera makes and models. And, if in fact she has never had that experience, chances are slim and none that she ever will.
And, no, a visit to B&H is not the same experience as visiting a small stand alone camera store. Taking away nothing from B&H's fantastic inventory and commitment to superior friendly customer service, one could hardly describe the experieince as intimate. It's more like walking about in Times Square - lots of hustle and bustle, congestion and noise.
And here's the interesting and joy inspiring moment (certainly for me and I think likewise) that resulted from this bit of my encounter with my new picture making acquaintance ... she was so enamored(?) with the Oly that she asked to hold it and then fiddle with it and then - after a very brief explanation of how to operate it - commence to making pictures (of me and my good friend) with it.
Exactly the kind of experience she might have had in a traditional "old timey" camera store.
In a recent email from a self-proclaimed "fellow photo-geezer", whose site I visit almost daily, the geezer wrote:
.... the majority of my ‘audience’ never spends more time on the images than to identify the subject matter. Sad, but true.
That observation is, arguably, "sad, but true". However, in a real sense, it is a phenomenon predicated upon the medium of photography's primary characteristic - its ability to render realistic representations of the real world - hence elevating the depicted referent, in the eyes of most viewers, as the raison d'etre for the making of a picture.
iMo, in the case of snapshots, the depicted referent is, in fact, both the reason for the making of a picture and for holding a viewer's interest in that picture. That notion, together with the fact that snapshots are the most commonly made type of pictures, accounts for the subject matter centered attitude of most viewers of pictures.
However, my "fellow photo-geezer" is not engaged in making snapshots. His picture making intentions are more concerned (or so it seems to me) with the making of pictures which exhibit an artistic sensibility. That is, iMo, pictures which are not dependent upon subject matter / the depicted referent for exhibiting artistic merit, but rather upon sensory properties - shape, line, value, color space, etc. - which are organized to create unity, balance, imbalance, movement, stasis, serenity, agitation, etc. All of which is implemented to evoke an emotional / sensory response in the eye and sensibilities of a viewer.
A response which can be, and most often is, totally independent of the depicted referent in a picture. A visual phenomenon which is capable of creating a beautiful picture even though a depicted referent is not a thing of conventional beauty.
They are what they are.