“My only interest in photography is to see what something looks like as a photograph.”

"I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed."

That's Garry Winogrand, a New Yorker whose street photography in the '60s was so good that it's on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington right now, traveling to New York in May.

The takeaway from the show, and a 20-minute filmed interview, is that there are no rules. A good picture is what he thinks it is. He's always shooting.  Technique, he doesn't know from.  You might think he's tilted the camera. He'll say maybe he sees vertical differently than you.

"Photography is about finding out what can happen in the frame," he said. "When you put four edges around some facts, you change those facts."

Here are some more Garry-isms.  As Stan Freberg warned about a collection of his '50s radio show skits, don't take them all in at once.  It's rich stuff, that will stick with you.

Jay Maisel would be proud

Jay Maisel would be proud!

Went out for a Sunday drive. Donna driving, I'm just banging away seeing what blurry effects I might get along the side of the road, when I got the shot.  

Didn't plan on it.  Wasn't even 'trying' it.  

Bang! It just showed up - and I knew ... it was a picture.  

It was something I'd never seen before.  Jay Maisel would be proud.)

Valentine's Day, 2014

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The cemetery is in Great Falls, Va.  I drive past it several times a week.

A few years ago I noticed that one of the plots, closest to the road, was being attended to. There were fresh flowers occasionally, and around holidays, special decorations or children's toys would mark the gravesite.

I thought about trying to photograph the site from the same spot, monthly, to get a sense of the seasons and the obvious love there was for Brittney Rae Ellis.

I tried a few shots. I wasn’t happy with the results.  The headstone is in such a position that the sun frequently washes out the detail or blinds the camera.  My “time lapse” idea has fallen to the side.

A week ago, the display at the grave could not be ignored.  Brilliant red roses brought color to a black-and-white winter landscape. 

You’ll see from the engraving on the headstone that Brittney Rae Ellis passed away 10 years ago.  She was 17.  "Princess" is cut into the stone and there is also a carving of the words “Best Buddy” and a figure of a German Shepherd.  A Web site suggests the dog’s name was Shep.

Sometimes I see a man sitting on a stone bench by the grave site.  I have not stopped to approach and tell him how moved I have been by his obvious devotion to, I must assume, his daughter. 

Next time I see him, I will.

Street photography

The annual Chinese New Year's parade in DC is held in what's called the Penn Square area.  Thanks to the Center, where the Wizards and Caps play, there's been an influx of retail and restaurants. And the parade went right down the street, drawing the attention of both workers and watchers. While I took more than a fair share of pictures of parading dragons and paper mache animals, it's images of people on the street that truly attracted me. Ciick here for more.

The annual Chinese New Year's parade in DC is held in what's called the Penn Square area.  Thanks to the Center, where the Wizards and Caps play, there's been an influx of retail and restaurants. And the parade went right down the street, drawing the attention of both workers and watchers.

While I took more than a fair share of pictures of parading dragons and paper mache animals, it's images of people on the street that truly attracted me.

Ciick here for more.

Honored in Maine

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“Warm Inside” has been chosen for inclusion in the ninth annual Maine Photography Show.  I am incredibly honored.  This is the fourth consecutive year one of my images as been selected by the Juror.

This year’s judge, Freeman Patterson, chose the black-and-white image from among 900 entries submitted by 300 photographers for this year’s show.

This image was taken in Venice, during a fall photography workshop led by Peter Turnley

The famous Venitian aqua alta had flooded St. Mark’s Square, sending visitors scurrying throughout the city in search of drier ground. I found a coffee shop.

“Warm Inside” will be on exhibition April 12 to May 2 at the Boothbay Region Arts Foundation’s gallery in Boothbay, Maine.  It will be framed and priced at $225.00.