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Hallowed Camp #13

The ‘hallowed camp’ is a collection of photographs that I return to on occasion. In the words of the Eagles, these photographs ‘can check out any time … but can never leave’. Here is the thirteenth picture from the series, this one by Raymond Moore, the ‘go-between’ …

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Photography as rehabilitation

Acquiring skills in photography is just one side of a practice. Constant repetition of procedure and attention to detail creates a skill that was not there before. There is also another side to the practice: the subject in which we modify ourselves rather than the objects that we fashion. It is the side of the subject where most gains are to be made. Or so I contend.

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Hallowed camp #12

The ‘hallowed camp’ is a collection of photographs that I return to on occasion. In the words of the Eagles, these photographs ‘can check out any time … but can never leave’. Here is the twelth picture from the series, this one by Paul Graham.

I find Graham’s photography profound. To see his archive see here.

On self-editing

I often see pictures where the overriding motive is to portray a particular expression of a subject but where the subject itself did not seem to merit the effort involved. I recognise such instances because some of these pictures are mine. It is so easy to fall foul of the trap of trying to rescue a poor or uninteresting composition through a painterly portrayal of it.

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Hallowed camp #8

The ‘hallowed camp’ is a collection of photographs that I return to on occasion. In the words of the Eagles, these photographs ‘can check out any time … but (can) never leave’. Here is the eighth in the series, this one by Wright Marion Morris.

Wright Morris
Straight Back Chair, The Home Place, Near Norfolk, Nebraska, 1947

A while ago I wrote a short post on Morris here.

Hallowed camp #7

The ‘hallowed camp’ is a collection of photographs that I return to on occasion. In the words of the Eagles, these photographs ‘can check out any time … but (can) never leave’. Here is the seventh in the series, this one by Sally Mann.

Sally Mann, Untitled 1978

I often gaze at this image. It is a picture of the ‘Bridge on Tallahatchie’, the river where Emmett Till’s corpse was recovered. Unfortunately the reproduction above does not do the picture justice. Sally Mann’s wonderful book ‘Thousand Crossings’ has this picture beautifully rendered.

For the rationale behind this series see here.

Hallowed camp #6

The ‘hallowed camp’ is a collection of photographs that I return to on occasion. In the words of the Eagles, these photographs ‘can check out any time … but (can) never leave’. Here is the sixth picture, this one by Shore.

The pictures in this series have stopped me and made me think. I am drawn to looking down the length of streets, bridleways, paths …

Presidio, Texas, 1975; Stephen Shore
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