Monday, September 28, 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

San Francisco de Asis Church - Ranchos de Taos, NM

Standing in Ansel Adams' footsteps. 

Two buildings, Los Angeles


I attempted to explain my core approach to photography visually with the goat image but that may have been incomprehensible or seemed blithe.  I went to the image after writing a treatise that was so long that no one would read it.  So here it is in its simplest form.  Straight photography has an uncanny simulacrum to visual reality but it is full of misleading information. (See Susan Sontang and the many tomes on the topic).  This ambiguity and it's surreal implications are best demonstrated and explored in minimally post processed images.  The heavily post processed images currently popular risk obscuring the ambiguity and uncertainty by making it plain to the viewer that the image is "photoshopped" and thus (apparently) more a product of the photographers imagination than of visual reality.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Self Portrait as a Goat

This is a response to the various issues discussed in the comments section for the image below, "Red".  It explains my ideas on the relationship of photography to reality and is a statement of my photographic aesthetic.  Hint:  I am in complete agreement with Cartier-Bresson in the idea that straight photography is much closer to surrealism than it is given credit for.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Another Wedge Shot



I went back to the Wedge today. Medium big surf. Beautiful morning. This was the first outing for my new 100-400mm. I think i like it, not positive of sharpness. It will take some getting used to! The young lady is the typical photographer at the Wedge! (yours truly excepted!)