Tuesday November 15, 2011

BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS – I spent most of the day in meetings with a client in Boston – a client that has a genuinely interesting art collection. One of the issues with photography, particularly digital photography, is that it’s cheap and easy. These are not good characteristics for a fine art medium. Some photographers approach this problem by creating unique prints that can’t be reproduced, infusing them with “objecthood”. Here’s a work by William Hamlin, one of his Window Series. Each print (they are old school chromogenic prints) is woven into a unique object. Interesting and quite beautiful. But they are hanging in a tiny, obscure visitors office in the conference center. Too bad for Hamlin. Taken with my Rocoh GRD IV. I guess you could say that I’ve appropriated Hamlin’s work, with a cheap and easy shot.

I’ve also included an image from a walk before my meetings.

Photo object
Photo object
Boston Federal Reserve Bank
Boston Federal Reserve Bank

While I was in Boston I missed the opening of an exhibition of portraits by Jemina Kirke (who is actually better known as an actress) at the Skylight Gallery. Here’s a portrait by Jemima of Francesca (our daughter), photographed by Francesca. Jemima clearly owes a debt to Egon Schiele.

Francesca
Francesca

On this day one year ago: Helmsley Building straight up. One of my favorite images from the past year.

Formerly the New York Central Building
November 15, 2010