Nearly all of my photographs organize themselves into loosely-defined, open-ended projects that are never finished but often stop at an interesting place for a portfolio, show, or hand-made book.
People often ask; “Where do you get ideas for your projects?” British photographer and educator, David Hurn says; “Our advice to photographers is best expressed by Calvin Trilling: ‘The immature artist borrows; the mature artist steals.’ So steal from the best.”
I’m certainly stealing from the best for this one. In the 1970s the great Andre Kertesz published a charming book titled “On Reading”. Quite a few years later I stumbled upon it in the public library and not too long after that my wonderful wife (at the time a used book dealer) found me a copy of my own. It has since been reprinted in paper cover but my vintage hardback is way cooler.
area (where we live) is more than a bit bookish so it isn’t at all hard to find
raw material for my own “On Reading”
project. In fact, I sorted through my
negatives and found quite a few already there and I’ve added to the project
from time to time ever since. People who
are reading are easy marks —
lost in their book the rest of the world kind of fades away. Here’s one from Honolulu:
I put this photograph up on my website and some months later received an email from an author/educator who was writing a textbook for aspiring primary grade teachers. She wanted to use it as the cover photograph on her book. Here’s the good part: She teaches at the
of Silesia in ! Isn’t the internet wonderful sometimes? Poland
Closer to home is this vendor at a farmers’ market in
. She was definitely paying more attention to
the latest Barbara Kingsolver novel than to her baked goods. Books are a good conversation starter — we talked current novels for a few
minutes before she sold me a chocolate croissant and went back to reading. Portland, Oregon