For the last five years or so, the photo blog has been hosted at Random Sights and Diversions. In order to consolidate sites and generally simplify things, I have brought the blog inside this website, Joanne Mason Photography. Please feel welcome to comment on posts. (Old posts remain available at Random Sights and Diversions.)
This image shows the skyline of New York City from across Sound at Tod's Point in Greenwich. This was photographed with a Nikon zoom telephoto at maximum focal length. The image required a great deal of post-capture processing, including working with color and contrast to bring up the skyline, work on the water, and work creating the textured "look". (This image was included in this winter's First Bank of Greenwich show as well as the recent Silvermine show. It has been a popular photograph, selling multiple copies. 12x36 plus frame. The edition is limited, and only one more copy will be sold. Contact me if interested.)
Among the elements of the photograph that I feel important is the new "Freedom Tower" which replaced the twin towers of the World Trade Center. The new tower had been recently completed. The other high building right of center is the Empire State Building.
An exhibit is currently at the Museum of the City of New York on the photography of Mel Rosenthal who photographed the South Bronx in the late 1970’s and 1980’s. And there is a great companion piece on the exhibition and Rosenthal in today's New York Times.
This was time of tumult, violence and devastation in the South Bronx, and Rosenthal captures it with exceptional compassion towards the remaining residents. Rosenthal taught in his classes that it was essential to see the social impact of photography. He said he was “not an artist but a messenger.”
I think there is a great deal of truth in what Rosenthal says. His photography is mainly social documentary, but it can, I believe, be generalized. I have said that I view photography - all art, for that matter - as a form of communication among subject, artist, and viewer. As such, there needs to be some social - or at least, emotional - content. Photographs - or, all art - doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Nor should it exist solely for its own sake. (And I do abstracts.) It should say something, communicate something. The viewer should experience something. Since we are creating photography as humans, a spirit of compassion is the best training - and not only technique - for a serious photographer, whatever the subject, who wants to create meaningful photography.
The show at the First Bank of Greenwich, in Cos Cob, Connecticut, continues through February. The show opened at the end of December. An opening/reception was held on Wednesday, January 13. This is a solo show, with works representative of key styles or genres that I have been working in:digitally manipulated Impressions From Nature; Landscapes, both western an New England; and recent florals and botanicals, mostly created in the studio.
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