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civilized ku # 2424-26 ~ taking the long view

Main Street sidewalk # 1 ~ Au Sable Forks, NY - in the Adirondack Park • click to embiggen1044757-21304596-thumbnail.jpg
20 Main (the bar) ~ Au Sable Forks, NY - in the Adirondack Park • click to embiggen
Porches / Palmer Street ~ Au Sable Forks, NY - in the Adirondack Park • click to embiggen
While I continue to make pictures of what I see, I have started making pictures for a new body of work body, tentatively titled the long view. The title derives from the fact that I am picturing with my 50-200mm F2.8-3.5 4/3 lens (with the 4/3 > µ4/3 adapter). All of the pictures are/will be made @ 200mm (400mm 35mm equiv.).

This is a different picturing M.O. from my "normal" M.O. of picturing what I see - rather than just going out and about and picturing what I see, I will head out to make pictures of a particular type. This new for me personal picture making M.O. is more about making a picture as opposed to picturing what I see. Actually, truth be told, making pictures is not new for me inasmuch as my former commercial picture making M.O. was all about making pictures.

If my stated distinction between making and picturing what I see seems a bit obtuse, think of it this way .... whereas most of my personal picture making is instigated by seeing something which pricks my eye and sensibilities, for this new body of work, I will have to (with picturing malice aforethought) seek out things which fit my desired intentions. The intention being to visually "stack" a multitude of referents within my frame of reference.

With that in mind, I must actively seek out very particular referents, referents which occupy a somewhat miniscule portion of my eye's total field of view. With that consideration in mind, I will be concentrating my long view picturing efforts upon more urban type environments, or, more accurately (taking in to account my particular Adirondack PARK environs), village / hamlet type of environments.

The absolute master of this kind of picturing is Jay Maisel . While his work is not limited to the long view, he has made a rather tidy commercial picture making living with telephoto lenses. As soon as I have a decent body of long view work, I'll be taking up the offer from my good friend, Melchior Anthony Pasquale Di Giacomo*, for us to pay Jay a visit.

*read what Mel has to say about his good friend, Jay Maisel, HERE

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