More nice pictures



As I returned home yesterday I parked the car near to my house in order to post some letters, normally I would have driven on and walked back, no idea why on this occasion I decided to stop and I noticed this on the short walk to the post-box, and because I had cameras in the car after returning from the Echoes Group I was able to return quickly and make the image above. The light, from the sun was being reflected from a window opposite to the fence, so the light source was behind the fence. I thought the image had a beauty about it, strong contrast, framed within the frame, abstraction with a hint of realism about it. I knew I didn’t have long, that this image was in the process of moving on, this transient image would of course have been moving in opposition to it’s own source and with no sense of permanence, it’s transitory presence reminding me of what Jason Evan’s had described at the conference in Westminster – that magical light on a Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock ( the time and day of course merely symbolic). Maybe it’s been all that war photography that has impelled me to look for beauty, although I found it in heaps in some of the imagery in use for the documentary photographer – it’s use there as an enticement to allure the viewer into a discourse. Maybe I’m becoming to overcome my distrust of the beauty in my own images – which relates to my own motivations learned/ingrained over decades of image making – that have always been there to entice. Maybe I need to allow myself the privilege of acknowledging that so long as the motivation isn’t cynical, that the purpose of the image is to be able to engage and communicate, then it is permissible for me to employ beauty in the image. It is difficult though.

Inspired by the encouragement I felt with this image and from conversations around it with Anne, Stephanie and Clive I went out again to look for more inspiration. Looking for emotional responses to an environment that has held me like no other community has or will ever likely do come the following.



8 thoughts on “More nice pictures

  1. It warms me to the core to see this post John, I love the image that grabbed you I so totally relate to the idea of a beautiful image drawing you in and compelling you to capture it, I would go as far as to say that we should strive to do this more often. While the gritty and real images you normally chase the war images you showed us at the last TV Group have impact meaning and worth sometimes it’s just ok to sit back and reflect on the beauty of he world for the sake of its beauty alone Well done on this I love it!

  2. Ah, now I see the significance of your comment on my Flickr image(s), John. As Stephen says, and I said on Flickr, there should be no problem with responding to beauty – or joy, or fun, or a whole stack of other positive concepts. Interesting to compare notes as our thoughts and responses on this develop.

    • Thanks Stan, it’s not the positive reaction to beauty, I don’t think I’ve ever lost that, it is trying to understand from where it comes from and what it means/ represents to me emotionally. There are something’s that pull me in and other things that don’t, and now I’m happy not to package things up in a pretty way which would have been normal not that long ago. So I’ll keep working and see where it leads. Let’s stay in touch on this one, I’ll certainly keep tabs on your journey.

  3. you made me think… I’ll post one of my “nice” picture for you this morning on Flickr! Why should we let them unseen in an obscure folder on a computer – nice is aerial and light…

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