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Friday, 20 March 2009


I believe the work is with a Canon 1D Mark II. See here:

I have a book called the Tao of Photography by Tom Ang. I only have so many brain cells left and cannot associate Tao of Photography with more than one person. Which one should I toss out?

"Which one should I toss out?"

Consult the I Ching.


Nice set of photos.

Beautiful portfolio. Just the kind of stuff I love.

At least one of these (#32) is a negative. Of course you can do this with film, but its a whole bunch easier with digital.

Again, great work.

I felt like you!
Your Sudek post has been very inspiring to many people who visit and comment the brazilian forun www.esquinadafoto.com.br after I'd linked it.

Did Sally mann use a 11x14?

Or consult the runes...


Mike, I think that would be Tao Te Ching. Virtue lies that way. :-)

She might have, but if so it was after I knew her. Most of the stuff in "Immediate Family" was shot with a Toyo 8x10 and a 300mm f/5.6 Schneider lens. And a *giant* Majestic tripod with a geared center column.


I was a gallery-mate with Andy recently and without a doubt his prints are luscious and his photographic eye is one of the best I have seen in a long, long time. The prints are not silver but I challenge anyone to see the difference. I don't know how he does it but deep, rich, soft as velvet come to mind with each image. You feel like you can just reach into the image and pull something out. Some photographers just photograph things, Andy gets the light and puts it on paper.

Ed Kirkpatrick

The picture with the door has many elements which I love in photos: tones, textures. Lines. Tension. Different dimensions inside and behind one another. Reflections of elements from one part of the picture in another part. Contrast between straight and crooked lines. Frames within frames. Good stuff.

Sally did use an even bigger camera later. (She likes to do things the hard way. Seriously.)
I've just posted a review of a wonderful documentary about her:

Beautiful work. It's fascinating on its own merit, but I also enjoy seeing how his treatment of familiar subjects varies from my own.

I had the following story inside my article, "I envy your cocoon" published in "Art&Artists",Oct/Nov.
1988 on asthma leading to the invention of the Leica camera. Oskar Barnack wanted to be a landscape painter, but couldn't due to asthma. He became an apprentice to a clockmaker who made clockwork planetariums. He became a journeyman in Saxony, preWWI, in a workshop making intricate machines.

At the same time, he followed his hobby of photography. He found himself out of breath, lugging all the equipment needed in those days, when going up hills. Through networking, he met Ernst Leitz and went to work for him in 1911. They were working on cinematography and in order to cut costs, Barnack developed a small camera to make test pictures. The small camera became the Leica. And Barnack solved the problem of heavy equipment.

It is a nice postscript to your comment at the start about heavy equipment, and disability. Art is problem solving and disability triggers a lot of problem solving.

Thanks for pointing out the site of Andrew Ilachinski, a lot of the photographs are inspiring, with a connecting theme between them.

I have the book "The Tao of Photography" and thus was expecting there to be a connection - but no, these are not related.

There are at least two books named "The Tao of Photography." I have no doubt that there is a book called "The Tao of Animal Husbandry," it's an overused word.

Someone once commented that if we were really most concerned about image quality (as almost everyone claims to be), we'd all be shooting with 8x10 cameras. The fact that 35mm eventually became the most popular format (and now, similarly sized digital cameras) shows that convenience, not ultimate quality, is the higher priority for most of us. I'm with you, Mike, I'll sacrifice a little image quality in deference to my back.

According to the EXIF data, the photos in Andrew Ilachinski's gallery are taken with a variety of Canon digital cameras (D60, 10D, 20D, 30D, 1D Mark II) and some have no camera info so they might be film.

It's so true that we often experience photographs in ways that don't do them justice, whether as JPEGs on screen or from high-speed press runs for newspapers and magazines.

When I saw your Ilachinski post some neurons re-connected and I remembered that he and I had corresponded briefly back in 2005.
We shared a mutual admiration for each others' work then, and see that his has moved on apace, with some truly beautiful images.

Back in 2005, it was the writings of Christopher Alexander that brought us into contact. A page about Alexander's Elements of Style is still available on my old website. It makes interesting reading for any artist, architect, or photographer.

Mike - Wonderful photos. Thanks for pointing this out.

"...Christopher Alexander..."

Yes. "A Pattern Language" is one of that handful of books that should be handed out at birth, so to speak.

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