31. August 2014 · · Categories: All

New Work, Residence, National City, California

Residence, National City, California

Residence, National City, California

     “What of architectural beauty I now see, I know has gradually grown from within outward, out of the necessities and character of the indweller, who is the only builder – out of some unconscious truthfulness, and nobleness, without ever a thought for the appearance and whatever additional beauty of this kind is destined to be produced will be preceded by a like unconscious beauty of life … it is the life of the inhabitants whose shells they are …”  Henry David Thoreau

  “Who know what it is to be an American”  From Wright Morris, “The Inhabitants”

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18. July 2014 · · Categories: All

Walker Evans, ”Penny Picture Display,” Savannah, Georgia, 1936

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   I have stared at this photograph by Walker Evans since my earliest student days and believe it was the first time I thought a photograph could be Art. Not made up Art, staged Art, planned or asked for Art, but simply an image of found photographs.

   ”Penny Picture Display” is a picture made in a documentary style which Evans developed with his lyrical wit and street vision. Within this photograph of photographs is the graphic overlay of S T U D I O, which suggests a meeting place where all sitters are created equal in picture size, row and column. Democracy is not only a word for Evans but also a concept that can be illustrated by a lens, film and chemistry.

   Of his ”Penny Picture Display” Evans said, ”It’s uproariously funny, and very touching and very sad and very human. Documentary, very real, very complex. All these people had composed in front of the local studio camera, and I bring my camera, and they all pose again together for me. That’s a fabulous fact, I look at it and think, and think, and think about all those people.“

   As a photographer I have studied each picture in the studio display and counted how many people wore hats, counted the babies, counted the young and the old, counted those who stared into the camera and those who would rather not. It is a composite of 225 citizens of Savannah, Georgia, who needed a photograph for reasons explained by their expressions. Some needed their likenesses documented to drive a car, some to celebrate a first year of life and those who knew they were near their last.

   ”Penny Picture Display” is one of the great creative acts of the twentieth century, and it was all captured by Walker in less than a blink of an eye.

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23. June 2014 · · Categories: All
Carter’s Hamburger Man, Wilcox, Arizona   /   Ice Cream Cone Advertising Prop, Mission Beach, California

Carter Hamburger Stand, Wilcox, Arizona / Ice Cream Cone Stand, Mission Beach, California

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Book Panels

  A significant portal to a photographer’s work is through book publication. It is not possible that one could travel to see a lot of original photographic work in public or private exhibition spaces. Some museums might show a few contemporary photographers’ work, but most at best exhibit photography done by the departed.

  The photographic book format offers a unique presentation of photography unmatched even by the best of exhibition spaces. A book is autonomous within itself, each turn of a page presenting two facing pages which allows juxtaposition of images. It allows one image on the right facing page, usually read first, to present a proposition and the opposing image to answer its content-whimsically with meaning, tone and grace.

  Taking the concept of the juxtaposition of facing pages in a book one step further would be to print all the images with their corresponding facing pages into one large panel. The three panels shown below have been booked from three projects in the last three years, Twenty Square Photographs,” “Mostly Mornings” and “Photography.”

20 Square Photographs (2012) Click On Image To Enlarge

20 Square Photographs (2012) 31.5″ x 45″ Click On Image To Enlarge – Click On Image To Close

Mostly Mornings, (2012-2013)

Mostly Mornings (2012-2013) 30.5″ x 42″ Click On Image To Enlarge – Click On Image To Close

Photography (2012-2014) 30.5" x 42" Click On Image To Enlarge

Photography (2012-2014) 30.5″ x 42″ Click On Image To Enlarge – Click On Image To Close

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