Method or Mindset

Old work surfaces from boxes and prompts another look. Seemingly at random, flipping through boxes, I pull prints out to place on the studio table. Just what strikes me, without seeming reason or awareness.

This time, I’ve put them into ‘method’ or ‘mindset’ groups. Several of these are from 1970; none are more recent than 2017. The oldest are the figures, which I saw/see as more line than life, although the model probably felt, even feels, differently about.

This slide set is given the same treatment, but subject makes them different, even out of place. A disrupted set.

the second show is all treated the same, but the imagery is such that a mindset is applied.

with color we gain another factor; is it a palette being worked, or is it some element of shape that makes the folio from the box. Notice the blue; bold, or very subtle (hiding in the black).

None of these are finished; worked out. They are being worked on. There are also about 8 orphans on the table that haven’t been posted.

Gursky Gossip

Large Format Chatter Clutter

The most frequent question on the net: How did X get? In photoland, this is phrased: What camera does X use?

Weekenders spend their days discussing tech, buying choice, details of use for years. It is how the fora survive; as support for limited exchanges, or, exchange reduced to limited topics. Contrary to their assumptions, these exercises reduce their development; retarding, reducing them to talking about the sales brochure with the counter cleaner.

they don’t read much theory. why would they? they know all they need. I wouldn’t read theoretical concrete or waste removal. I know all I use, already.

Not to forget the main focus of this thread, I’m afraid Gursky doesn’t work for me at all – just nothing there with any resonance for me. I do understand how the elaborate production serves his purposes, so more power to him.

LFPF Mod’s input to request for “Camera & Gursky”

Gursky doesn’t talk about process. Resists answering questions about how he works, all the while, willingly talking for hours about what the imagery means; where it comes from; thoughts, and impressions he gains from other artists.

Meanwhile, the forum is filled with conversation about film, developer, aperture; going so far as clarifying if it is the lens with the ‘inside or outside lettering.’ This is the fine detail of fine art.

No it isn’t! It is merely more bad reasoning about how photography becomes meaningful. These are detours for the lost. A cynic would say that these sites are sand traps meant to keep the avid away from the accomplished.

The buy/sell sections are filled with opportunity to buy the scrap of your forum friendly guides.

 at 13 you read teen and seventeen, learning about girl and self.
at 31 what would you get by being a 17 aspirant’
what would you think of a 31 year old man reading boys life? 

to realize enlightenment, you must enlighten someone