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…


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.



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…