I was reminded of a quote by Edward Weston to Ansel Adams in 1932 “I would say to any artist – do not be repressed in your work, dare to experiment – consider any urge if in a new direction all the better, as a gift from the gods not to be lightly denied by convention or prior concepts”. Ansel Adams letters and images 1916 – 1984.
The f64 group was formed in the early 1930’s with the idea of straight photography principally by Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Alfred Stieglitz as a reaction against pictorial-ism. I can hear all three of these great innovators in the field of photography spinning in their graves looking at my defocussed picture taken in 2006.
There is nothing new in photography. This picture takes me back 30 years to the 1980’s when people like Robert Farber were using Scotch 1000 ASA Slide Film with soft filters. He did a wonderful book in the said style called “By the Sea”.
The quote from Weston is fine but “prior concepts” is a difficult hurdle to jump. Something may be an old concept or done many times over by others but there are things that we are attracted to and resonate with us that we need to get out of our systems before moving on.
A big hello to all the new followers of my little blog.
(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012