A image taken early Sunday morning of industrial scaffolding erected to repair a industrial plant’s roof. Inspired by clean, documental, industrial, and architectural photographs of the past along with the relatively “new landscape” style of photography. I often find silence, beauty and silence while I record these pieces of man made functional art.
A interesting article to read and something that hits close to home: http://bit.ly/2rUfpba.
Somewhat like the author I too am a failed artist or photographer. In my twenties, thirties and forties I used to constantly think, eat, read, write and dream photography along with hustling and photographing as a profession. But then came the moment I put down my cameras, turned off the computer and walked away. As time moved on I sold most of my camera equipment including my trusty large format Sinar, film holders, lenses, stands, studio lighting flashes and darkroom including a large D2V enlarger. Thru multiple possession purges I gave away most of photo book and monograph collection. I even got a retail sales job in a big box store which to my amazement enjoyed and still do to this day.
For three to four years I didn’t pick up a camera, often forgetting about photography and the art of taking images. I can remember talking to the much respected in my eyes Gary Brown whether I ever would and quite frankly I didn’t know.
As time went on I did start to photograph again, but only photographing what inspired me, what interested me, what I wanted to photograph. It felt refreshing, it felt natural, it felt good. Eventually I started to eat and breath photography; the main difference being only in my spare time. Yes; this post is happening on a day off of work! I have to thank my wife, best friend and partner in life Audrey Smith for understanding and helping to give me these moments and time to do this.
While I was having a good time renewing my interest in photography it was haphazard, I had no real direction. Luckily enough, my old studio manager and boss Ron Watts introduced me to the work of Lewis Baltz and the “New Topographic’s” movement and realized a lot of my work did have a genre. A new project was started.
Do I regret the time I spent away from this art? Not at all. Do I regret selling off my large format gear? Somewhat. Am I enjoying myself? Definitely! Would I ever go back to a full time professional? No way, I actually enjoy my full time big box sales job and the new friends I’ve met. Do I get frustrated at finding time to create images? All the time, but life is life. Lesson learned? Sometimes a man has got to do what a man has got to do and that is okay by me.