PITY THE CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHER. Everything has been done. There are no subjects or ideas left to explore with the Brownie. Literally billions of photos are taken every day, some with real cameras and most with smart phones. We plead with the Muse for Ideas — something new and different that will make other photographers green with envy, saying unto themselves and anyone who will listen to their whining: Why didn’t I think of that?
WAITING for my lunch
JULIE SHIELS‘ book WAITING is just such an affront to my lack of imagination. This limited edition book is a collection of thirty-two photographs, taken with her phone, while she has been waiting. Waiting for son, husband, friends, a seat, to fall asleep, to see the doctor, for the traffic to move — well, we all know about waiting.
WAITING for my filling to set
As Miles Allison says in his essay HOMELESS IN UTOPIA waiting is “the leftover bits of time that function simply to join ‘superior’ activities together.” In other words, forget Henri Cartier Bresson, this is the quintessentially “indecisive moment”. These are pictures of the moment in which absolutely nothing is happening.
The abstracted objects in the pictures are a sort of “I spy with my little phone” moments. Close-ups of knobs, textures, surfaces, colours — the things on which our eye lingers for distraction while we wait.
WAITING for Leo to get back in the car
You need to see it to appreciate it. WAITING is published in a limited edition by M.33 press. More information and ordering details at http://m33.net.au/waiting/