BODIES OF WORK GALLERY LINKS
The 2014 ~ Year in Review 2014 selects/book gallery is here.
The Place To Sit selects/book gallery is here.
The life without the APA pictures are here
The The Forks ~ there's no place like home gallery is here
The ART ~ conveys / transports / reflects gallery is here
The Decay & Disgust work/book is here
The single women selects/book gallery is here
The picture windows selects/book gallery is here
The kitchen life selects gallery is here
A 10 picture look at Tangles, Thickets, and Twigs ~ fields of visual energy is here
Entries in civilized ku, manmade landscape (1294)
This is an interesting idea, letting the viewer choose the framing, but it seems to eliminate (or reduce) the judgment and control of the picturemaker. Or is the picturemaker saying, they are both good... or I have not decided? And regardless of what the viewer chooses, both versions are still there ... The two framings do make a bigger difference than would be expected (at least by me).
My thanks to John for taking the time to comment, especially so inasmuch as he came to grasp some, but not all, of the questions / points that I hope my diptych (selection) work will pose for viewers.
That written, I don't pretend to have answers to any of John's questions or any others that may arise with the viewing of these diptychs. However, I will write that the judgement / control of the picture maker (aka: me) is not compromised in any way - each individual picture has been created by the picture maker using all of the judgement / control, re: selection and framing, at his disposal. The result is two different looks - two of a myriad of choices - at the same referent.
Is one choice better than the other? That's up to the viewer to decide, however, my intention is not to set up a competition between the two results. Rather, it is to present the two views together as a singular / synergistic look at the same referent. Which, when viewed by a thoughtful observer, will result in a number of questions / ideas / thoughts about the medium and its apparatus.
It was my bad to ignore any attempt at calibrating the laptop screen and hence the reason for this redux entry. There is a considerable difference in color and tonal range between the laptop processing and that which I performed today at home on my desktop machine.
That written, I am not a fan of LR (understatement), especially so since I have been using Irident Developer since forever. The second processing go-around started with ID and finished in PS. I can put ID on the laptop but there is another issue with the laptop ...
... the display (screen) is not a Retina display and it is very viewing-angle sensitive, meaning that there is a considerable difference in lightness / darkness values of an image dependent upon the viewing angle . The correct value is only visible within a very narrow viewing angle range.
Consequently, it would seem that I can obtain much better on-the-road picture processing using my iPad and a couple image processing apps. At least, until I decide to acquire a MacBook Pro with Retina display which is an extremely low probability event inasmuch as I have no pressing need for on-the-road high end processing.
Yesterday, it was the view from our hotel balcony. Today, it is from in front of Wilensky's. We ate their famous Wilensky's Special - "all-beef salami with all-beef baloney grilled to mouth-watering perfection on a tasty roll with a hint of mustard" accompanied by glasses of their handmade soda.
One of my favorite authors, Edward Abbey, wrote two of my favorite books - The Monkey Wrench Gang and The Fool's Progress. Two Abbey quotes follow - one which could certainly be applied to picture making, and, one (with my substitution of the phrase, Republican Party, for Abbey's original word, California) which could certainly be applied to current political life.
Our job is to record, each in his own way, this world of light and shadow and time that will never come again exactly as it is today. ~ Edward Abbey
There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience. And then there is the Republican Party. ~ Edward Abbey
With this entry I am introducing a new body of work / series (see the following entry for diptcyh (selection) # 1), tentatively titled selection and a tentative artist statement to accompany the work:
It has been suggested by many that making a picture is primarily, first and foremost, an act of selection by the picture maker. That act is a two-part endeavor, an act regarding the choice of referent and, concomitantly, an act regarding what to include / exclude in the creation of the frame. These two primary and essential picture making components hold true no matter the choice of tools or the choice regarding where to stand when making a picture.
Given the same referent, no two picture makers will create the same answer to the act of selection inasmuch as the multifaceted act of selection is always a uniquely personal act. As such, the act of selection constitutes a vital element in the development and refinement of a personal vision. It is, in fact, how one sees in a picture making sense.
For some, myself included, the act of selection is serendipitous regarding the choice of referent and intuitive regarding the notion of inclusion / exclusion. Which is to write, I picture those everyday things, whatever they might be, which capture my attention. In doing so, I create the frame by feel rather than by rule. For as it was stated by Edward Weston, "Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph, is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk."
One of the facets of this new body of work which excites and pleases me is the fact that I can continue to picture whatever catches my eye as opposed to sticking to one related thematic referent as is customary in an individual body of work. And given that I always go out and about with 2 camera bodies - one with a moderate wide angle lens, the other with a moderate telephoto lens - I will make the two pictures (of the same referent) in a given diptych, one with the wide angle, one with the telephoto. Both pictures will be made from the same angle of view but at differing distances.
In addition, given that it has been opined that a good picture creates more questions than answers, I will leave it up to the viewer to determine which of the two pictures in a given diptych is the right answer (for them), re: the act of selection.
To my eye and sensibility, the best pictures (made within the medium of photography and its apparatus) - the ones which capture and hold my attention and interest - are those which are: a) a document / representation / depiction of the real in a truthful / factual manner; b) in which the depicted referent steps outside of the boundaries / confines of conventional referent matter; and c) does so in such a manner as to create, independent of the depicted referent and the "rules" of convention photographic composition*, a visually interesting structure of the elements - shapes, form, color, tonality - as viewed on the 2D surface of the photographic print ....
.... all of which is to write, beautiful prints - as objects in and of themselves - of referents which are often seen but to which very few are paying attention.
In any event, Ansel Adams, when asked which to save first from a burning house - the wife or the negatives?, responded ...
My wife - she could help me get the negs out!
I'm with Sir Ansel on that one.
* what Stephen Shore refers to as "art sauce".
It is part of the photographer's job to see more intensely than most people do. He must have and keep in him something of the receptiveness of the child who looks at the world for the first time or of the traveller who enters a strange country. - Bill Brandt