Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Love Is The Subject

“You learn to see by practice. It's just like playing tennis, you get better the more you play. The more you look around at things, the more you see. The more you photograph, the more you realize what can be photographed and what can't be photographed. You just have to keep doing it.”
Eliot Porter

I'm mesmerized by the work of  Eliot Porter (1901-1990)  the father of intimate color landscapes, really the father of color landscapes period.  A professional photographer I admire had sent me a note once saying that my work reminded him of Eliot Porter.

 The first time I ever viewed his work I was blown away. I couldn't even appreciate what a huge compliment it was.
He had an expressive artistic style and that often focused on the quiet details rather than the large expansive landscape views. It's this type of photography that evokes a sense of wonder and magic in the perception of the natural world.  His understated communication tells us to slow down. 

"But before all else a work of art is the creation of love. Love for the subject first and for the medium second. Love is the fundamental necessity underlying the need to create, underlying the emotion that gives it form, and from which grows the unfinished product that is presented to the world. Love is the general criterion by which the rare photograph is judged.
 It must contain it to be not less than the best of which the photographer is capable."
Eliot Porter