Against a Wall

It’s a simple idea – one I’ve used many times.img_20160929_0023-640

A simple wall with interesting texture.

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A window.

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And equally interesting people.

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The composition takes care of itself.

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Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander 35 Nokton 1.4 SC

Film: Venus 800

 

Finding Flow

Part of street photography or art-making is about finding flow.

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Such that one is immersed in the activity.

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Such that you could forget yourself.

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And find meaning in it.

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The notion of flow – many thanks to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

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It’s about looking, constantly looking.

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Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander 35 Nokton 1.4 SC

Film: Venus 800

 

The Street Makes Sense

The thing with Shamshuipo is that one could walk slowly amongst pockets of crowds.

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You could flow along comfortably.

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Even if you stop, there’s space enough for you to do so.

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So many people and things to look at.

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Hope and dreams of finding a space.

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The street belongs.

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The street can disintegrate.

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The street makes sense, if you keep looking.

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander 35 Nokton 1.4 SC

Film: Venus 800

 

 

Final Things

Things as they are…

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A gate is always a promise.

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Perhaps a promise of bigger things to come.

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Something here.

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A hint of bigger things there…

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And something may blossom.

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All it takes is a bit of introspection…

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A possible vision here…

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And a revision there.

This is the last of four related pieces, after Mundane Objects, Common Things,  and Everyday Things.

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Camera: Canon Prima Twin S

Film: Fuji Superia Venus 800

Everyday Things

These are things I see on a daily basis.

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James Elkins: “When we are confronted with an unfamiliar object … we seek a body in it; we try to see something like ourselves…” (The Object Stares Back, p. 129)

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I see, therefore I am.

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This is my mind, even if it’s only for a while.

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Sometimes I feel like this.

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Mostly though, I’m like this.

 

This is a third companion piece, after Mundane Objects and  Common Things.

 

Camera: Canon Prima Twin S

Film: Fuji Superia Venus 800

Common Things

This is just a follow up from my previous post, Mundane Objects.

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There’s always an exhibition waiting to happen.

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Things discarded, things poetic.

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To look is to give it meaning.

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A regulation of things.

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A potential.

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A hint.

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Something.

Camera: Canon Prima Twin S

Film: Fuji Superia Venus 800

Mundane Objects

I’m taking a break from street photography to look at mundane stuff.

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Stuff our eyes don’t normally focus on.

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But they do create an environment of sorts.

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Repeat something enough and it becomes a life.

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Pavements can be interesting.

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Stuff lying around.

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There’s an order of things here.

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A call to discipline.

Camera: Canon Prima Twin S

Film: Fuji Superia Venus 800

Rural Views

I’m here again and again.

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It doesn’t look like much – but it has wonderful views.

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The environment is a work of art.

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The mood is always leisurely.

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The debris is zen.

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There’s artless beauty here.

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I’m happy to be marooned here.

Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Venus 800

Thingification

What happens when you choose not to place people at the centre of things?

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It’s a bit unsettling when humans are placed at the periphery.

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We cannot help but still do so – the above is still a photograph about human activity.

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Keyboards are for hands, pedals for feet.

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We love our things.

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We frame ourselves with things.

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We wait for things.

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We work with things.

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We are things.

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Some things out-wait us.

 

 

Camera: Spotmatic F

Lens: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 35mm F 3.5

Film: Fujifilm Superia Venus 800

Things As They Are

Wallace Stevens: “You have a blue guitar,/ You do not play things as they are.”

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I suppose the whole point of the visual arts is to get us to see things as they otherwise are.

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And perhaps be unlikely.

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Wallace Stevens: “Things as they are/ Are changed upon the blue guitar.”

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This is not a bicycle.

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This is not a ladder.

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These are not sacks waiting to be moved.

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Things as they are not are directions and lines of force.

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Things as they are not are relationships between lines, textures, and light.

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With things as they are not, we learn the background of things.

 

Camera: Spotmatic F

Lens: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 35mm F 3.5

Film: Fujifilm Superia Venus 800