Hard Obscure Language

July 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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"... a single photograph, it's provocative, it's an idea, but if you can do two or three maybe you make of that a phrase and if you can do ten maybe it is a sentence. It's a hard obscure language, but it is worth studying".

Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits by Linda Gordon

 

We are still on summer vacation and wresting with decisions about what to leave out and what to leave in.

 

"Science and art have in common intense seeing, the wide-eyed observing that generates empirical information. Beautiful Evidence is about how seeing turns into showing, how empirical observations turn into explanations and evidence."

Introduction to Beautiful Evidence, Edward Tufte, 2006

 

Knowing that less is always more, I have been searching my portfolio for beautiful evidence for a fall exhibition.

 

Lynvig FyrLynvig Fyr16x30 print on fine art cotton matte paper

 

The closing paragraph of an interview with Magnum photographer Stuart Franklin provided a few more clues to help me. 

 

"But if people want to speak to a wider audience and to produce photographs that other people want to put on their walls, a higher level of sophistication is needed. It’s like music: if you want somebody to go and listen to you or buy your song, there’s quite a level of sophistication that goes into producing that. It’s not like me singing in the bath. For great photography, a level of depth is necessary, but also an openness to interpretation. Memorable photographs have this quality of openness. They don’t bring closure, necessarily, to the moment or internally, they allow viewers to bring their their own thoughts to bear."  

 

I want to exhibit more than sharp or large prints. I am looking for images that I have not displayed that form a sentence. I want to invite and attract casual viewers to ponder my photographs.

 

See ya around,

Bob

 

 

 

 


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