Just to tie together the subjects of two recent posts—a recent Time magazine cover by Ralph Gibson. (October 26th, 2009.)
I was tipped off to this by a commenter in one of the threads, but I can't find the reference to thank the reader. So, a blanket thanks, to whomever it was.
And incidentally, speaking of the paucity of in-depth articles in current newsmagazines: it took me virtually the entire day on Wednesday to write and illustrate the "Old TIME, New TIME" post. But whenever I post one long item like that on a given day (it was at the top of the heap all day Thursday), traffic on TOP takes a dip; and whenever I post five or more small items in a given day, traffic goes up.
MikeFeatured Comment by Julian: "'But whenever I post one long item like that on a given day (it was at the top of the heap all day Thursday), traffic on TOP takes a dip; and whenever I post five or more small items in a given day, traffic goes up.'
"It's all down to the...hang on, got an email.... Back soon.... Errm, where was I? Oh, yes. It's all down to the short... Ooooh, blog update. Must check that out. Sorry what was I say.... Just one sec. One of my pics has just received another comment. I really can't miss that.... Oh, yes. Short attention sp.... Really? No. Never! Who'd have thought it? Off to the news site—back in a tick.... Sorry 'bout that. Errrrm, short attention spans of people on the 'Net. That's what it is. Nobody's got the patience for a long article. Even one as well-written as yours, Mike.
"Sign of the ti.... Sorry. Just got a text. Gotta go...."
Featured Comment by Jeroen Krol: "When I saw the cover in your article, I was struck by the photo on it. I like it a lot, but that wasn't it. It's the resemblance with a photo I have made in 2004 and which was 3rd in a photo contest on Nikonians.org and was published in the June '05 issue of the U.K. magazine Practical Photography. The photo is called 'Anna's Eye,' which refers to my little niece who is looking out of the window we were standing in front of."
Mike replies: There is indeed a lot of similarity in your pictures, especially in terms of tonality, although I would argue that the subject matter isn't as similar as it looks at first glance, since the window view reflected in Anna's eye is a more important element of your picture. However, I would imagine the picture Ralph's Time cover is referencing is one of his own photographs from the 1970s, called "Bastienne's Eye," which originally appeared in his book Infanta.
Featured Comment by Alkos: "Interesting! The first photographic book I've bought was Ralph's Chiaroscuro. Liked it a lot from the beginning, but left home in Poland for few years once and more or less forgot. Meanwhile (five years) my photographic hobby developed to lifestyle, I started to breathe and feed myself with images. Rediscovered Ralph's work—enlighting!—via internet and managed to return my Chiaroscuro copy to Ireland, where I live. I was simply struck by the comparison of my own meanwhile-developed style and the book!
"This one left me jawdropped (I have scanned Ralph Gibson's photograph from his book):
"The first one is Ralph's, the second one is mine. Same light, same motive, slightly different composition."