Dipstick in Search of Oil, Part 4
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Once upon a time there was a photography site, 15X100, where 100 photographers placed 15 photos each of their work. Other photographer’s work would from time to time be shown. They had a list of questions they liked to ask. This was my lame homage to that now defunct site:
Why do you take pictures?
It’s something to do. My drawing and watercolors are pathetic and I can’t tune my guitar because I’m tone deaf so it seemed like a good idea to try photography.
What has impacted your visual style?
I have no idea. I’ve always been a visual learner. If a book has pictures they are the first things I go to. I often find myself reading the last paragraph first and then working my way back to the first. Does this help?
How did you learn to see?
You mean through a camera lens…right? Trial and error; I’m hoping for an acquittal.
In your world is photography mechanical or philosophical?
I’ve taken three sessions of photography classes from Christine and she lost me on the first day of the first session when she tried to explain that the larger the opening the smaller the number. I don’t think it’s mechanical. Philosophy…well…I might have been influenced by Nietzsche when I was sitting in that workshop after school and the woman was droning on about how you should never tell students to “Shut up,” but rather you should always use “Please, be quiet.” instead. After all you could damage their fragile somethingorothers. I decided right then and there to start telling them to “Die quietly.” Is this helpful? Do you have a third choice?
What do you hope people walk away from your work with?
What is your favorite 15X100 image?
Whatever one pops up on the site.
Who is your favorite 15X100 photographer? Why?
Whoever pops up on the site. Because they all rock!
Diptych of two pics
Canon EOS 350Dcamera with a Sigma AF 18-200mm DC OSZoom lens
Also by John Linton
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