Saturday, July 28, 2012

From the Archive - Passions of Youth

Nikon FE2 Sigma 16mm f2.8 Kodak Plus-X in Kodak HC-110 Dil. B - I have had 2 primary passions in my life and in this experimental self portrait I attempted to combine them both. Shot sometime in 1984 or 1985 at a time when I could not decide whether I wanted to be the next John Lennon or Helmet Newton, obviously neither plan quite worked out. In the end, photography, or at least related fields, won out as my career and my cameras see more use these days than my guitars.  Photography and music are linked for many people. Most of the people I have worked with over the years have played at least one instrument and many played in bands as I did. Maybe it is because the are both arts the have an underlying process or structure that must be observed. They both have their own math that must be honored. You can deconstruct, rebel against or try to rewritten the rules, but the structural underpinnings, never go completely away. This is both limiting and liberating, as it means the canvas is never completely blank, but the starting point allows for greater mental focus.

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