Lately I have been sleeping with my books. Revisiting photography and writing, after years of being on vacation building web sites. Not that web site consulting has not been ...
I remained convinced I could just pick up where I left off in the early '90s and make images again. I adopted the mantra of many artists, working in commercial or educational careers, "when I have a block of time, I will make some art."
So far it has not worked out for me. I like some of the work I have been doing, as do others, but it seems to lack something that I have lost over the years, and I am not currently sure what "it" is.
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I once heard Joel Meyerowitz speak. He talked around the problem of having lost "it" after so many years of doing commercial work. At the time of the talk, he had decided to get back into "it" by taking out his Leica and shooting everyday. Back to the basics. The photographs were awkward, and filled with the desire to make something work within a frame. A quiet desperation. Then 9/11 happened. I believe he showed the work from Ground Zero in something like 65 cities simultaneously. I'm not sure I know if that meant that he had gotten back into "it."
At times I reflect upon my passage through life, photography, and art, and feel totally lost in it, unable to articulate what I want to do, have done, am doing. Then I get over that and just keep going.
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