"Merle" - St. Rose Cemetery, Littleton New Hampshire
Fuji GSW690III, Ilford Delta 400
So remember when I said I discovered a second profile shot of Merle? Well, this is it. I’m not sure if it really counts as a “profile” as is, it’s a single shot of a person. This was also the first time I used the Fuji to shoot a profile. I probably could have gotten a little closer.
As for my “woe is me, I stink” petulance and fishing/pandering/what have you, I can cop to that. However, I really don’t see what I do as anything special or unique. I don’t do anything anybody else can’t do. I’m not using any proprietary equipment. All of my cameras and film are widely available. There’s no single camera I’m using that’s a one of a kind or rare piece. Everything I shoot are things that already exist, and are available to the public. Even my bearded friends of late are no strangers to cameras. Merle and Dino have been playing music together for over 20 years, so it’s no big coup to take their picture. Hell, I was taking their pictures 20 years ago.
I don’t create photographic scenes in studios or abstract tableaux. I don’t recruit models and shoot them around town. When I take someone’s portrait, I don’t even tell them what to do. I’m about as passive as a photographer can get. When I’m taking pictures of buildings and bridges, the architect and construction crews have already done all the hard work. I’m just coming along to exploit their creation. The same goes for nature. I didn’t wait millions of years for that mountain range to push up from the ground, I just drove by and took a few shots from the side of the road.
So that’s why I have such little regard for myself as an artist. I’m not going above and beyond anybody else in design, concept, or execution. Anybody can do this (and a lot of people do), so if anybody can do it, how special does that make me?
Not very — I’m just another guy with a camera.