Claire, 1983, Boston
This image is from a small body of work (pardon the pun) that I put together as a final Master Work for NESOP in Boston. I had never worked with a model, clothed or not, or worked in a studio, and this was Clare’s first time modeling – clothed or not. I invited her into the school’s studio to see what we could find. I think we worked well together, and she went on to work with me on the entire project that included nudes, still lifes and landscapes in medium format and infra-red. Sadly, most of those images were lost. I graduated with honors, thanks in no small part to Clair.
When I was in photography school, an educational foray that didn’t hurt me none, my first teacher, Fred Sway, made the comment that the term “shooting,” didn’t really fit with photography. Making a photograph is actually a pretty passive act, he pointed out, nothing more than accepting light. That has always stayed with me, as has Fred’s deep understanding of light. The photographer points the camera at something, adjusts what settings are at his disposal, light enters through his opened shutter and is captured by the film, or paper, or other recording medium in the camera. That’s all there is to it. The rest, the philosophy, technique, the fuss over lenses and cameras and film vs digital, that’s just logistics. In the end, photography is captured light.
So, long story (and I could easily make this story longer) short, I’m going back to my original photoblog, Captured Light (which, by the way, will be the title of the massive retrospective volume of my life’s work). I will continue to use this blog to post writings, few and far between as they may be. In order you don’t miss a single word or photon, you might could subscribe to both. I know I’m going to. I promise you won’t be overwhelmed.