Art should be everywhere – or so the gallery site Daylighted declares. As part of this tribute, Daylighted has chosen me as its Featured Artist.
Daylighted is a service that places visual artists into non-traditional exhibition spaces such as hotels, restaurants, coffee shops and more. It seeks to “change the way you see art. Daylighted transforms places…into digital art galleries and offer[s] them an opportunity to easily display and sell an exclusive collection of art from worldwide and local artists.”
Daylighted is featuring my nostalgic photography, particularly the images in my most recent monograph: “See Saw: How Once We Looked.”
These images reflect my overall fascination with movement as well as with light. I see that I developed reflexively and intuitively, in capturing the essence of a moment. I see that the innate compositional sense expanded into a style. And so on, all insights offering me a chance to pause and reflect as I go forward.
I see too many empty photographs passing for art these days.
Too many empty photographs are passing for art these days. I want images with life and meaning, action and humor. I want them to capture life, to be alive:
George Eastman created a world of photographers in 1888 with cameras that lived up to the slogan, “you press the button, we do the rest.” Perhaps today’s cameras are too easy to use. Point and shoot techniques can lead to empty, lifeless photos. I want to take the concept of picture-taking one or two steps further, from merely taking pictures to makingphotographs: composition, lighting, finding that decisive moment. I rebel against decision makers who influence collectors into thinking that barren photographs are fine art.
In an era of flashbulbs and press cameras, I was exploring what available light had to offer. It presented the world as we saw it, without the harsh effect of a single flash. Both techniques froze a moment that goes by in a blur.
Photographing peak action stopped the movement at its height. It allowed slow shutter speeds in an era of slow films. And it preserved a feeling forever.
Collectors and Photographers:
Please Join Me in Pondering the State of
My circuitous route through a long career in professional photography has swung back to my roots. So many bloggers are picking up my images.
And curators and collectors appreciate photojournalism as fine art.
There’s a message there!
Hence into the archives I go. I’m digitizing a series of nostalgic images.
It’s satisfying to capture the human spirit, framed in a meaningful composition. I’m fascinated with portraying people relating—to each other, to their surroundings—-in this case a family of Hasidic boys at their lessons with their father at the famed Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.
Nixon rally at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia in 1960
Vice President (For 8 years under Dwight D. Eisenhower) Richard M. Nixon ran against Senator John F. Kennedy in the closest election since 1916.
Kennedy was the youngest President at age 43 and the first Catholic. His win came from an Electoral College vote.
Kennedy proved a media master. Theirs was the first televised presidential debate, and image played a role. Three of these photographs seem to telegraph a feeling for the times and for that would-be urbane college crowd.