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These are breathtaking, Alan. In your hands, glass has nothing over white shirts in the transparency department. The only thing I don’t like about your photographs is that after I’ve seen them, I can’t have the idea to do them and be original.
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Thank you Linda. At this point I have to wonder whether it’s possible for any photographer to do completely original work :)
Once again, you took it and ran with it. Brilliant! The first in particular is so elegant as an image, and then along comes the malingering one, and I have to laugh…again. You’ve done a lot with windows and blinds – there should be a gallery online somewhere with all your best ones.
Kathy Ryan, NY Times Magazine director of photography, has shown a similar sensibility in her book, “Office Romance” (https://www.google.com/search?q=kathy+ryan+office+romance&client=safari&rls=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj4vOGG9-3cAhWimeAKHcj0BqYQ_AUICygC&biw=1094&bih=621)
I’m sure she has no trouble finding galleries to show her work :)
Right, but her work is a different animal, in my opinion. I think she goes for an “au courant” look, which makes sense, given her job. There’s a bit of advertising or fashion in a lot of the images I saw, as good as they are. Your work goes beyond that and seems more timeless to me – not irrelevant to today, but broader in appeal, if that makes sense.
It’s a different world that she lives in, and I don’t think either one of us would want to spend too much time there. :-)
(BTW I’m reading “It’s What I Do” …A Photographer’s Life in Love and War, by Lynsey Addario, who does a lot of work for the Times magazine. It’s interesting to read an insider’s journey through photojournalism. So far, she seems very lacking in self-reflection. Get the shot, asap. What consequences? She doesn’t seem to think through what she’s doing and the consequences for readers, the people she photographed, and herself. Maybe she didn’t express the personal feelings in the book, or maybe she matures and becomes more human towards the end of it. OK, I went off on a tangent…. ;-)
Haven’t read Lynsey’s book but I admire her work. Any photographer who knowingly puts herself in harm’s way to get the picture has my greatest respect. Covering wars is not anything I would ever be brave enough to do.
I don’t have the same issue you have regarding Kathy Ryan’s work but I’m certainly not going to argue with the contrast you draw between her work and mine :) Thanks for the compliment!
I’m embarrassed. You’re right, she deserves credit that I didn’t give her. I only proved that I don’t know what I’m talking about. I was being picky and ungenerous. Reading further last night, I came to a section where she talked about how she approaches subjects and discussed some thoughts on journalistic photography, and my respect grew.
And as for Kathy Ryan, I may be making another hasty judgement – I just took a few quick looks. I’ll stick by what I say about your work, which I’ve come to know and appreciate.
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