Posted on 28 Aug ’09 by Earl
Most of my photography to this point has been a matter of making photos of scenes taken from the environment available, depending upon where I happen to be. The “where I happen to be” has usually been driven by events/needs in my life other then photography, such as vacations or visits to places with other purposes–except for local excursions.
While there’s nothing inherently wrong with this process and I suspect many, if not most, of my photographs will continue to be made this way.
I’m feeling the need for more structure or purpose–definitely more purpose.
I admire photographers who have the passion and discipline for longer term projects resulting in photo portfolios focusing around singular subjects. For example, I recently discovered and enjoyed the Drive-In Movie Theater galleries of Carl Weese–a bit of history preserved. Or this beautiful and touching tribute, “days with my father,” of Philippe Toledano to his 98 year old father–it brought all kinds of emotions about my own parents and the elderly in general.
This is using photography for preserving history and telling a story–both of which are keen interest of mine. I’ve always felt deeply about knowing, understanding and preserving the past and storytelling in the right hands is a true art form.
My recent series of train/transportation photos touched within me a connection and attraction of this type of project. So, where to go from here?
I’ve a couple of projects in mind–perhaps starting with wanting to build a portfolio of a singular subject (much as Carl has done with the Drive-In) but there are certainly ideas of stories also floating in my head.
Imagining a seed of possibility is the most exciting of activities. Afterwards, when nurturing the idea, it takes determination, discipline and hard work to deliver the “crop.”
But, Photographers are allowed to be dreamers!