Re: Actual_Image_Photo_Rotate This

Date: 03/21/05-11:41:20 AM Z
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 . . and, not that the need is there for me to refine, but, yes, what Sandy says is right.
If any of you have the opportunity to visit Carmel, California, where Steve Shapiro resides, there are galleries carrying on the tradition of Adams, Weston, Bullock, Baer et al who exhibit work of such fine craft it'll blow you away. What is missing for me is the aspect of personal insight. Perhaps it's my mind set, coming from San Francisco where the Beat Generation, Keroac, Ginsberg, Free Speech, Hippies, Underground Film, Ecologic combo of Photo + Text was inculcated to our psyche but give me a Brandt, Koudelka, Frank, Sudek, Model, Arbus (to a degree) work, etc. and it speaks more to me. Many crafted images carry the 'tradition' of those that've gone before, and, yes, they're well done and I appreciate that. But, I wish laughter of the mind, or, as Walt Whitman put it, I want the the body to sing electric. Therefore, sometimes (not always) craft is a capability used to manifest quality but I need more than that.
Here is a quote from Whitman in his "Leaves of Grass".

I SING the Body electric;
The armies of those I love engirth me, and I engirth them;
They will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them,
And discorrupt them, and charge them full with the charge of the Soul.
Was it doubted that those who corrupt their own bodies conceal themselves;
And if those who defile the living are as bad as they who defile the dead?
And if the body does not do as much as the Soul?
And if the body were not the Soul, what is the Soul?

Jack Fulton

> Jack Fulton wrote:
> >
> >Very well put, but I don't need "hand made" look so much as I need to see
> >well crafted along with an image worthy of looking at for an extended period
> >of time.
> >
> >
> In general that is also what I need to see, outstanding
> craftsmanship, bearing in mind the specific characteristics of the
> process, and an image worth looking at.
> But there is a bit more. Sometimes the content is captivating, even
> with mediocre craftsmanship, while at other times craftsmanship is so
> outstanding that it can leave us without words, even with a fairly
> mundane content. At both extremes there are photographs that I
> personally consider extraordinary.
> Sandy
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