Off the Hip

While in Italy recently I took to the streets with my camera, something I haven’t done with real verve in some time. My new method was shooting straight from the...

Statuary and Selfies

In Italy I was surrounded by two types of figures. Statues and tourists. Both often have a self-centered appearance as if posing for the world. And in a way they were. One was posing for the artist’s hand to chisel into stone or mold into plaster. A statue that would last for the world to see. The other was posing for a selfie to be posted on the internet, also for the world to see. Which one will last longer is hard to say. Occasionally I would see a statue that appeared to be taking a selfie. That would truly confuse me. Possibly it was just a mirror. Which makes me think, a selfie is an awful lot like a mirror. Once in awhile I’d find a statue that was extremely unhappy. I also found that people doing selfies can be that way too. But most statues and people had a certain elegance and charm about them. and diversity…. Lastly I found that photographing statues was easy. They didn’t care if you took their picture and so I just raised the camera to my eye and composed. People on the other hand are on guard. So I shot off the hip. Often getting some strange cut-offs that in the end seemed to work well for what I was...

End of photography as I knew it

A couple years ago I was heading to the gallery where my photographs from a recent exhibition were hanging. The idea was to take them down. But that morning a scout from Ralph Lauren came in and was considering using the gallery and the pictures as a backdrop for a fashion photo shoot. The gallery and I agreed we should leave them up a bit longer just in case they actually did. On the way home I got thinking isn’t it ironic that a big wig clothing corporation was thinking about using my pics as a backdrop for high fashion? When it comes to corporate culture, I avoid it like the plague. Unless of course I’m making fun of it. Thinking further I thought why not appropriate a few Ralph Lauren model photos and photoshop them in next to my pictures? I decided to put circles on the faces, just like John Baldessari does. This really makes them true art. It turns out that they selected another venue for their photo shoot. But from that point forward my art was never the same. It was to signal the end of photography as I knew...