Thursday, July 18, 2013

On Ely, Summer, and Photos Without People


I always refused to include people in my photographs when I was a child; I took that idea of the 'untouched landscape' (which I now find very problematic) to an extreme. I've become more willing to photograph people as I've grown older, partially because I've stopped seeing photographs as ways to retouch the world and more as a means of recording moments, and perhaps also partially because people are now more interesting to me than they were when I was a child. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Most Travel Writing is Bad: Tokyo on the Seine, by Elaine Sciolino

I sigh at the New York Times often, and especially at the travel section. Two days ago, Elaine Sciolino wrote a ridiculous article on visiting Japanese places in Paris. It includes the phrase "some bistros, like L'Office, have even imported Japanese chefs," as if people were some sort of exotic seasoning ordered from a catalogue and kept in the kitchen.