THE POLISHED RENDITION OF A TRIVIAL OBSERVANCE

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I’ve been wondering lately if the polished rendition of a trivial observance isn’t really some kind of sham – it looks like a good photograph only because it’s technically correct, but it’s really a picture of nothing, occupying valuable display space (screen, paper, page) usually reserved for ‘real’ photography.

As a portrait photographer in LA for so many years I chose to photograph non-celebrities, which I found as deserving of good photography as the stars but often requiring more problem solving and effort to make a memorable image. It seems I’m continuing that approach now with this series. I think the postcard pictures of monuments and sunsets have really already been made by now. I love the challenge of making a reasonably compelling image of something that mostly gets overlooked.

 

[ M9 | 28mm Summicron ASPH ]

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