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Sunday, 08 August 2010


Nice to see someone, somewhere still exhibiting "human" sized prints.

I have been following Working Pictures since I was introduced to Carl here.

I'm no expert, but I know what I like, and I think Carl is as good a photographer I have seen. His ability to spot and frame a photograph is truly remarkable.

I don't know why but the photo of Carl and Bettina Weese instantly and powerfully reminded me of the painting "American Gothic" of a farmer and his wife outside a house by Grant Wood. I haven't even thought about that painting for 10 years, but bang! there it is again.

I just Google Image'd the original (http://www.artexpertswebsite.com/pages/artists/wood.php) and yes it's different, but to me somehow very similar. "This is who we are and this is what we do".

Also read the Wikipedia entry - I had no idea the painting is such a popular source of parody in the US (well, I do live in the UK).

I like Carl's photos on his website and blog.

Curiously enough, I drove through (or rather slightly around on the I-81) Scranton just yesterday, on my way from Harrisburg to Boston. Maybe next time I'll make a planned stop if Working Pictures is still up.

Now Scranton has two claims to fame: Carle Weese and Dunder Mifflin.

By the way, I agree with James—I also saw American Gothic when that photo scrolled up in my blog reader :-)

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