So It Goes

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The question that haunts such romantic leaps, of course, is whether they are readable (understandable) by a general public.  And there is no rule.  Perhaps art resides – uncomfortably – somewhere between incomprehensibility and cliche.

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I’ve got a lot going on these, a number or projects and ambitions keeping me busy.  But I am still making new pictures, however, really focusing on photographs I’ve been making in Denver.

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In Denver’s vacant lots one can still find, no matter how numerous the food wrappers and pieces of styrofoam, an old, tough green – Spanish bayonet, cactus, and sage.  Perhaps most reassuring of all, there remain cottonwoods, those commercially useless trees that are habitat for birds and children.

Whether I was photographing these accidental sanctuaries, however, or bare new tracts, I tried to keep in mind a phase from a novel by Kawabata:  “My life, a fragment of a landscape.”

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I pleased with how it all keeps progressing, but I still have high ambitions for what to do with these pictures.

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The quoted passages are from Robert Adams, a photographer I’ve admired my entire career.  The first is from a letter he recently wrote to me, the second from his book denver.

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Slowly but surely, I keep putting the pieces together.

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So it goes…


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