Photography – Week 125
I like to take photographs of photographers taking photographers. I ran into this one one block over from 821 Cafe. I am a fan of that blue wall. Danielle Dick from Spit for Science working with ALT Lab’s video team. Students set up hammocks around VCU. I wonder if that happens in other places. Not the best picture but I love the stories I make up for this scene. Something about the formal clothes, the long beards, and the apparent picnic preparations. My eldest and a few classmates decided their science project would be focused on testing the flammability of various materials. I don’t think any of them had ever seen Beavis and Butthead but . . . .
There are two men inside the artist, the poet and the craftsman. One is born a poet. One becomes a craftsman. Emile Zola Letter to Paul Cézanne (16 April 1860), as published in Paul Cézanne : Letters (1995) edited by John Rewald As I continue to take more pictures, more consistently, and with a bit more focusThat’s a photography pun.– I find I wander farther afield (both geographically and conceptually) rather than narrowing and, perhaps, perfecting. Or at least improving more rapidly. It seems I follow a path in photography similar to the way I wander in everything else. I don’t really know if this leads to greater or lesser progress. Does taking landscapes influence your street photography? Do macros influence your portraits? Is it all part of a greater whole which shapes how you see the world? I have no idea. I’m hoping for the last one. It seems our society bets heavily on the opposite. It’s interesting to me to look at how the extrinsic “reward” elements of photography plays out as well. It’s a tricky thing in my opinion. There is this idea of “pure” art for art’s sake versus a kind of “compromised” art for audience. This feels overly polarized to me. Art and audience seem inextricably intertwined. Weighing the value of audience against your own […]