Welcome to what I call my Optical Abstractions, version 2. It's my kind of street photography, capturing images intentionally out of focus and using software to pull texture out of the fuzziness. It is a joy to wander in this new world where color and imagination replace reality. After a 40 year career of sharp, clean imagery, it is a joy to immerse myself in this fascinating dream world. This project was captured in a Mediterranean trip in June 2019. Titles are frame numbers for reference. For a preview of a magazine of these images and more click here. Enjoy.
I am old enough to have had my first experiences with photography at a time when black and white imagery was still a dominant form. Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson and others were at the peak of their careers and Life and The Saturday Evening Post magazines were touchstones for the cultural life of the country. Once I started printing my own work in 1968, I was hooked. I have ever since been fascinated with the possibilities inherent in a medium that deals with time, light, shape and form. It allows me a way to see in new and different ways. It has always been a way for me to make sense of the world, and to focus on things and ideas of substance.
Just as I strive to make compositions that have a classic inevitability about them, so too I often photograph subject matter that has, in the terms of an environmental biologist, a climax community feeling about it. In a modern world of constant change, a reminder of classic forms and ideas has true merit and can help us cope with the more hectic aspects of our lives. In this way, I feel my best work is a stepping off point for meditation and reflection.
Bodie Gallery (1983 - 2012)