It’s raining in Atlanta. So.
I answered another photography call for entry. This one is sponsored by the Atlanta Photography Group and juried by Gregory Harris. Gregory Harris is the Assistant Curator of Photography at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. I’ve heard him speak and met him briefly. He seems to know what he’s talking about. In preparing for the show I came to realize that, trite sounding though it may be, my work involves three things; curiosity, collaboration and color. Frankly, I’d give anything if they all didn’t begin with “C”. Oh well, the curtains don’t match exactly and the floor covering is fragmented… maybe that’s enough. The statement I included with my entry follows.
“Artists are curious people. While there are a couple of uses of the word curious that might apply, the one I use to explain what I do is a state of constant questioning.
Collaboration is the continuing condition in which we exist as occupants of the modern world. There are two kinds of collaboration which influence me; works of the human hand and the impact of nature on those works.
Further, from nature, the physics of light and the miracle of the human body conspire to give us color.
The three, curiosity, collaboration and color, augment and complement each other. I make the choice of frame, an interception from the possibilities of what there is to see. All the while I realize that I am the willing recipient of often plebeian contributions of visual elements from anonymous hands. I make the choices of how to use them. The capricious nature of the other collaboration, the one with nature, adds humor and wonder to the mix.
Color is a luxury. Because of the chemical nature of pigments and the conditions that might change them over time or the choices of a human mind to make a visual statement, things around us have color; strong, vibrant, subtle. Consequently, the choices I make are conscious celebrations of being alive in the world, making photographs with contributions from my fellow travelers.”
Now, I know I photograph with grayscale a lot. But that is not a refutation of color, merely recognition of the effect color has on perception. Color can be muted but, sometimes a “mood apart” requires a severely abbreviated range of color… For me it will always be “and” not “or.”
Here are the images I submitted:
Finally, I’ve begun a new era for my work in that I’ve switched to Leica rangefinders. I had to cut down on the overload and bulk. So far the results have been promising. Time will tell.