I'm never really sure as previous blogs has shown, what exactly passes today for street or urban photography. As I've mentioned many times, I just go for walks with my camera and try to be aware of whats around me, I meet people, I see things, maybe a reflection, maybe the light is striking in a certain way of like today some guy with a dog on his shoulder wearing sunglasses comes into my path.
The month of October sees a small showing of my photography at the coffee shop, I am also pretty excited about the opening of the Lighthouse Arts Center in Bucksport, Maine in November, and I am still involved with the 101 Art Threads in New Haven, Connecticut. And of course a visit to School Street Gallery in Brewer is always going to turn up some matted prints, my photographs and Jessie and Adam's art. Watch out for a photobook later in the year as I continue to work with Louisa Dawn, editor, designer and artist of Vision Libres fame to get something together.
Getting your photos on a wall, any wall has to be the final act in the process of making a photograph. It is in my humble opinion. A photograph on a computer screen, a smart phone or an email attachment, well quite honestly, sucks, You cannot be impacted by these modern day methods of communication in the same way as a one on one interaction with the actual photograph, hence getting your work on the wall has to be right up there with publishing a photobook for a photographer. Even a small show in a local coffee shop with terrible painted walls and makeshift hanging systems gives one a certain satisfaction...
its my humble opinion that film has a very big part in the future of photography. The process of making a photograph with black and white film knows no equals. From exposure to the final print is a journey of decisions and creative process by the photographer. The machine just ain't going to do for you, no instant gratification, no post production bail out...its the process that enables you to make a print you can hang on the wall, the same print that done correctly will be around for 3 hundred years or so...This was shot with a Leica MP3 and 50/2 Summicron lens, Tri-x film.
the little x100s is such a small camera in relation to say a dslr, or other pro-spec cameras available it almost always "fights above its weight" producing the most amazing images...never mind pixel counting, and all the tech shit, this camera will not let you down. I have photographs in exhibits that are 3 feet wide! And the best thing about it is that you can always have it with you.....never missing a shot, thats how I got this one at a rally against violence . I came across these three sitting on the sidewalk.