Archive for September, 2009

In BART Stations

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Lake Merritt BART

I really enjoy photographing in and around BART stations. I’m not sure whether it’s something special about train stations — although there is something about public transit and the way it brings together all, or nearly all, segments of society, that certainly makes it a rich venue for social analysis.

But more likely it’s just that I’m a daily commuter on BART, and as a result, I spend a lot of time on BART trains and in and around BART stations, waiting or hurrying, with a camera in my bag or on my shoulder…

Lightning

clever isn’t good enough

Friday, September 11th, 2009

One of the rules I try to apply when editing my own photography, is that clever isn’t good enough. This is one of the main tools I use to cut down stuff in the monthly and yearly sets.

I think if I could also aggressively apply a maxim that beautiful isn’t good enough, and interesting isn’t good enough, and smart isn’t good enough, and if I still had any fucking photographs left, I would have achieved something pretty spectacular.

This is why people hate photographers

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

I stumbled across this on flickr today. It’s a pretty excellent example of the very worst possible way to approach street photography.

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Homeless people do not exist for the amusement of people who (presumably) have homes, and photographing people who are asleep or unaware is not portraiture. I wouldn’t go so far as to say taking photographs of sleeping homeless people should be outlawed, but I think I could go my entire life without seeing another one and be no worse off.

It’s also a terrible photo, but that’s incidental…