DescriptionExcerpted from Flickr:Now on to this image, which I have strangely little to say about. I have been sitting on it for a number of months now, no real reason why. I like it, there is a print of it magneted to my fridge, one of only about five so that must say something. It is also in my Blurb book and repeatedly gets pointed out by people. But sometimes I have images that I like, and it just never feels quite right to post them. I guess I mean, I don't care to post images just to post them if I can help. I generally like to have a bit of something to say about them, a little of the backstory, or a monologue to go them. Although I guess I can talk a bit about my inspiration for this image which came from Lenswork magazine. I saw a portfolio in a recent issue by a fellow who did a series of photographs of the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia. It was a wonderful study of that bridge. A couple of his photos really focused on the details of the bridge, with one diptych being a night/day comparison of the same shot looking straight up one of the towers. What struck me about those two photos were the rivets of the bridge, they were such a great detail in that photo.I have done a lot of studies of this bridge from various angles, but it got me to thinking that I had done very few that really concentrated on the nuts and bolts (pun intended) of this span. So I set out with that thought in mind and this is the result.It is also a great reason why I encourage photographers, new and veteran, to constantly look at other photographers' work. Expose yourself (this pun also intended) to a wide variety of photography. Roam out of your comfort zone. If you like landscapes, get a book on Cartier-Bresson. If you like Cartier-Bresson, get a book by Galen Rowell. Browse Flickr. Browse Photo.Net or the numerous other forums out there. Take your favorite subject to photograph and punch it into Google image search or Flickr and see how others have photographed t
Zeb Andrews, Portland, Oregon Member Since July 2007 Artist Statement I believe:
Photography is magical. The ability to capture our vision physically so that others can share in it, amazes me constantly.
There is always a picture to be taken, it is just a matter of seeing it.
Enjoy what you do and you will begin to love it, love it and everything else will follow.
Hard work, passion and dedication will trump talent every time.
Photographs should never be taken for granted, by the time your grandchildren pull them from a box in the attic in 50 years, they will be priceless.
The best photography does not impress, it inspires.
Titles should be irrelevant. Amatuer. Professional. Master. If you use a camera, then you are a photographer, as simple as that.
Cameras may be remarkable instruments, but it is the people behind them that create.
Whether it is film or digital, 35mm or large format, color or black and white, they are merely different ways of doing the same thing, making photographs.
It is never enough to assume, no matter how frequently photographed a place is by a particular photographer, or a group of them, that every perspective has been explored, every vision realized, and every scene recorded fully. The best photography is not discovered in this manner at all. The best photography is born from the realization that there is always a new perspective to be found, a new vision to be realized, and a new way to record even the most familiar of scenes.
"Make visible, what without you, might perhaps never have been seen." Robert Bresson.