Friday, December 30, 2005
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Friday, December 23, 2005
Cherry Hill, NJ
There are times when I come upon a situation that seems like it is already frozen in time, like shooting a group of mannequins in a store window. Photographing this seemingly frozen group of people almost seemed unnecessary. They remained in this weird ensemble for what seemed like an unnaturally long time.
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Take a parking lot sign at a south carolina televsion station, add an array of TV satellite communication dishes located next door, then take a long careful look at the two juxtaposed together in the same frame and what have you got? I have to admitt that when I saw that humorous connection in my own mind, I shot the picture right out my car window.
Sullivan's Island, SC
Chance and a bit of stalking produced this captured moment. I was carefully following the tour guide and watching her ever-present umbrella, noticing how similiar it was to the tower and trying to work the two into my camera frame. At some point another hand and arm shot into my view and I made the picture. Later I discovered that through the magic of photography I had managed to take the lean out of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Cherry Hill, NJ
During the First Gulf War I photographed a series of patriotic events that were held in and around South Jersey in support of the troops and the war effort. As a Vietnam Veteran I had mixed feelings about these events. Staged public events often have a way of providing odd juxtapositions that create visual narratives that are somehow out of sync with those events.
The details in this straight on enviornmental portrait of a man who has lived his entire life in this rural North Florida community says it all. This is not a "decisive moment" picture, but rather a penetrating look taken with care and time, the sum result of which telling more than the individual visual parts.
Raiford Prison, Florida
Guns and politics went hand in hand in Central America during the 1980's. I discovered, quite by accident, there was more than one way to shoot a speech in a public square. You should never go into a situation with preconceived notions as to what you are looking to photograph. Instead, you should quiet your mind and allow your eyes to do the talking.
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Fort Dix, NJ
Grounds for Sculpture
For me there are two levels of narrative involved in the making of a photographic image. There is the narrative that surrounds the moment captured on film and then there is the story captured in the frame of the picture. If it works right, the story in the final frame is the more profound of the two.