“Holland Marsh Farm Shed” now available at Saatchiart

Details of a farm shed located at Holland Marsh

Holland Marsh Farm Shed

Holland Marsh Farm Shed” When photographing this shed my inner dialogue stopped; all that could be heard was the distant hum of farm machinery and I  was inspired by the often overlooked.  This work is inspired by Lewis Baltz along with the “New Topographics” photo movement.

Three years ago I had picked up my camera and was happily photographing whatever interested me at the moment in my free time.  One day it would be snowy landscapes, as the weather warmed it would be flowers, then it would be a old car show, followed by a antique steam engine show.

I had restarted this blog and was posting most of my old photos, as well as investing time in various social media platforms to promote this work in the hope of selling a few images.   One post would be black and white flowers, the next one of my favourite commercial studio still lives, followed later by a musical instrument print.  It was four months before I posted something new; a yellow flower in the forest.

Everything was the status quo, until a Facebook friend and old studio manager of mine introduced me to the work of Lewis Baltz which I posted to Facebook.

Not a easy, nonetheless a great rainy midday read; http://s.si.edu/23gZyev, A Oral history interview with Lewis Baltz, 2009. Much thanks to Ron Watts for introducing the work of Lewis Baltz to me. More of his work can easily be seen on my Pinterest page:http://bit.ly/1Y1jEYO

I recognized myself and what I truly enjoyed to photograph in the work from Lewis Baltz as well as in the work of other “New Landscape” and “New  Topographic” photographers.  After all these years I found a home, a genre of work I truly loved to photograph.

 

Farm Shed Door now available at Saatchi Art

A photograph of a old used farmshed with door and broken waterspout.      Farm Shed Door

‘Now you must not take anything for granted when you are looking at a picture. Never do that. Every single little tiny space on that page works and counts.”

William Eggleston

 

I am an artist and admittedly I see the world through different eyes then most people; I see the beauty in things that may be considered boring, decrepit, overlooked, rusting, deteriorating, or mundane.  I enjoy photographing this subject matter which could be described as banal, boring and everyday. What seems at first to be a simplistic image is in fact quite complex and nothing in the frame can be taken for granted.   These images are meant to be hung on a wall, to be viewed, to be studied and to be questioned to reveal their inner beauty.  These images are just not “pretty pictures.”

Industrial Scaffolding now available at Saatchi Art

Industrial scaffolding next to a industrial warehouse

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.