Photo by Dave Jenkins
Triggered by my snapshot of the TransAmerica building the other day, Dave Jenkins sent me this photo of the same motif that he took 25 years ago with an Olympus OM-2 and Zuiko 85mm ƒ/2 lens.
Dave writes, "I found what I think is the perfect summary to all the talk about clichés a week or so ago. On the back cover of the February, 2000 issue of Popular Photography is an ad for Minolta light meters. It shows a photo of Elliott Erwitt holding a large, framed print of one of his best-known photographs. In the caption, he is saying 'To me, photography is an art of observation...I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.'"
I managed to find the ad:
This is the quote I felt related to Ctein's two photos, the one of the plane wing and the one of the leaf.
Another relevant quote is probably mine, something Ctein says I told him 20 years ago: "We should never be so insecure as to avoid cliché at every turn."
Ezra Pound said "make it new"; I say "make it yours." Half the battle.
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