Description THIS IMAGE IS FROM A SERIES CALLED 'PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. ALL OF THE IMAGES HAVE BEEN SHOT OUT OF BUS WINDOWS, WHILE I AM INSIDE THE BUS. IT HAS BEEN AN ONGOING PROJECT OF MINE FOR SEVERAL YEARS....THE STATEMENT FOLLOWS.
THE DARKENED OBSCURITY OF THE BUS WINDOW ALLOWS ME TO PHOTOGRAPH VIRTUALLY UNNOTICED, AND HENCE WITH A GREAT DEAL OF FREEDOM.
WHEN GOING OUT TO SHOOT, I DO NOT PLAN IN ADVANCE, AND I PREFER NOT TO USE AN 'ITINERARY'. THIS HELPS ME MAINTAIN A SENSE OF SPONTANEITY.
THE PURPOSE OF THIS SERIES IS TO REVEAL ORDINARY (DOCUMENTARY) SITUATIONS / PLACES IN A 'POETIC' MANNER. I FEEL MANY PEOPLE HAVE BECOME SOMEWHAT IMMUNE TO STRAIGHTFORWARD 'DOCUMENTARY' PHOTOGRAPHY.
SHOOTING THROUGH WINDOWS THAT ARE COVERED WITH SCRATCHES, GREASE AND GRAFFITI, (OBSCURING PEOPLE'S IDENTITIES AND SOFTENING THE OUTSIDE WORLD), I AM ATTEMPTING TO TURN SPECIFIC, IDENTIFIABLE IMAGES INTO MORE UNIVERSAL ONES. WHAT AT FIRST APPEARS IDYLLIC YIELDS QUICKLY TO SOMETHING ELSE .
I AM DRAWN TO WORK WITHIN WHAT MIGHT BE CALLED 'CLICHED' OR COMMONPLACE SITUATIONS. A COMMON THEME RUNS THROUGH ALL OF MY WORK, ADDRESSINGMOMENTS OFTEN TAKEN FOR GRANTED AND IGNORED....THE TINY DRAMAS.
Beth Herzhaft, Los Angeles, Outer Mongolia Member Since February 2007 Artist Statement Me, I am aiming for the (almost) impossible: Making a comfortable living doing what I love, which is photography.
I love photography, and feel after doing this for many years, that I finally am working with my own "voice". I hope you consider buying this eminently reasonably priced work now - Of course these images are not editioned or signed. Please contact me if you are interested in limited edition, signed prints. They will cost a whole lot more later when they are at the Whitney!