Market Facing Sansome

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World Champions 2014

Posted October 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

Leavenworth Before Eddy

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Posted October 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

Fourth at King

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World Series, Game Seven

Posted October 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Ellis Off Cyril Magnin

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World Series Game Six

Posted October 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

Seventh and Howard

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World Series Game Five

Posted October 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

Market Past Fifth

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World Series Game Four

Posted October 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Thing

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"In photography, you always have both the medium and the depicted subject at the same time." -- Thomas Ruff

In Ruff's work, the image is a very particular thing. I especially like his over-enlarged internet Jpegs. His more recent work has wandered into CG and crypto-photograms, a process that creates an image of imagery, where the "true" object, placed on photo paper, is itself replaced by an ephemeral concept, a mental image of an optical image. So meta.

The crisis of "thingness" in photography is at once at the root of many of its greatest strengths and weaknesses, as pointed out by painter Gerhard Richter:

Photography has almost no reality; it is almost a hundred percent picture. And painting always has reality...

...by which he appears to mean that a painting is an object to itself while a photo is an image separate from any specific object -- a mechanical recording of the real image, the collections of things and light that passed for some time in front of the lens. A painting is not like that. It is what it is.

Now, you can argue about representation. Stephen Pinker has opined that even the most abstract painting (say, applied in alternating squeegee strokes) is still a representation: of the artist's process, their thought process, or the artist themselves.

Which makes for a long page of quotes and speculations but very little specific opinion. I'm in a period of great activity right now -- both with the camera and without it. Maybe one requires the other. And a lot of thought about what it means, without a clear verbal answer but with enough internalized understanding to keep working obsessively every day.

Someone else can decide if it's any good but no one else is going to do it, so I set my alarm every morning and just get on.

Posted October 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

Seventh at Mission

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XF 35mm ƒ/1.4 (50mm equivalent)

The 50mm perspective always both troubles and seduces me. It has a distortion-ree feel -- neither too flat nor stretched out at the corners. And yet so constrained, as if the eye is snugly wedged into a box.

Posted October 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

Montgomery at Market

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"I mean, photography is all right if you don’t mind looking at the world from the point of view of a paralyzed cyclops—for a split second. But that's not what it’s like to live in the world, or to convey the experience of living in the world." -- David Hockney

Posted October 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

Third Past Mission

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Posted October 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

Second off Market

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World Series Day 2

Posted October 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

Stockton Near Geary

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Posted October 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

Market to New Montgomery

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"Look, if you want to learn how to write, you study the alphabet and exercise every day. And in the end you have a very beautiful alphabet. But what are you expressing with the alphabet? Perfect technique but expressing nothing. This is what I call 'calligraphic photographs á l’americaine.'" -- André Kertész

Posted October 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

Crop Circle

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P1020027, March 2009

Posted October 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

Hangzhou

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"Representation of the world like the world itself is the work of men, they describe it from their point of view which they confuse with absolute truth." - Simone de Beauvoir

Posted October 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

Fourth at Mission

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@ Oracle OpenWorld.

Posted October 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

Fourth Before Minna

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Guess I haven't been paying attention? Ralpha Gibson is shooting digital now, unlike what he was vowing not to do a couple of years back.

I'm sure all the proper people have been scandalized.

Posted October 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

Muni Aggregate

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Posted October 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

Stevenson Departing Second

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"I do not mistrust reality, of which I know next to nothing, but I am suspicious regarding the image of reality which our senses convey to us, and which is incomplete and limited. Our eyes have developed such as to survive. It is merely coincidence that we can see stars with them, as well." - Gerhard Richter

Posted October 02, 2014 | Comments (0)

 

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