Camera Work: Change

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With the launch of FDL’s new look, (I almost titled this “Out to Launch”), my peculiar mix of computer problems seemingly related but not, yet needing solutions, the new comments section, I have so many different themes on which to write, but none seem to say “pick me” so I settled on change.

Along with change, a need for stability, something to come back to, something with a strong degree of permanence. The image selected is just that, stable, permanent. It is, and has been for a number of years, my desktop background.

Change is a peculiar concept. Change as a word, is unchanging. It sits there; c-h-a-n-g-e. It speaks of anything but stability, yet it is stable. Monetarily, it’s left overs, usually coins; spare change. Can you spare a dime? But then, spare has other meanings. We get into a spare world of change.

Photography, especially still photography is the tool of isolation, isolating a moment of time in which organization of shapes, light and color, shades of gray, into a meaningful image, a record of a moment long past and not very likely to repeat itself exactly. Some photographers, like Cartier-Bresson, steep themselves in grabbing that moment, a moment which cannot be anticipated, only recorded by the photographer a moment when light, composition, organization expression and feelings come together with the single press of the shutter release. We release that moment from flux to concrete. Change has been denied.

The camera is not the only tool to record change. The painter strives to do that, some, as in Ruth’s post yesterday, succeed splendidly. The microphone is another tool, but only when connected to a recording device. The microphone and lens share commonality. They pick up information, feed it to some sort of recording device.

Change is what photoediting is all about. Some strive to bring the image as close as possible to the originating event, some use it to depart from reality. Many, if not most, fall somewhere in between. I do. However, I don’t think any more, of truly departing. We already did that by taking the picture. My departure is to strive to get another ephemeral element onto play, my feelings at the moment, the moment of execution and/or the moment of revelation. And by that I mean all the experiences involving that image which becomes synergistic, the whole becomes more than the sum of the parts.

I have an image, recorded in 1995, for which excellent analog prints exist, but the translation to digital was rather horrid. This week, it came together, and did so while I had music playing in the background, something  occurring infrequently, but when it does there is no substitution.

Here is the music, and here is the image.

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  1. May 10, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Good Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. May it be bright and delightful!

  2. Chris Maukonen
    May 10, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Thanks for this. My next OE is going to be on change but from a different point of view…..angle.

  3. Molly
    May 10, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Thanks, Lawrence. I like these thoughts about change, and you captured my mood perfectly. I like the desktop background too, but there are a couple of your previous photos I would choose first, I think. I would need color. (My current desktop background is a photo of my daughter and her family. My son and his family are on my iPad.)

    You have a couple of typos, and with the changeover I no longer have the edit privileges I did before, so cannot go in and quietly correct them. One is here: “a record of a moment log past” (should be loNg past). and then “Some photographer,” (should be photographerS).

    I’m off to an usher shift! Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, soon to be mothers, friends and family of mothers.

  4. May 10, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Thanks for the heads up. Typos corrected.

    My long experience and preference for gray scale images bias that, of course. I’ve lived with it since 1958. Longer when one considers my first published work was in about 1950, b&w.

  5. May 10, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    I look forward to it.

    You wouldn’t believe the stuff I went through trying to solve a set of problems with my scanners. Mostly my bad!

    Good subject for next post.

  6. Chris Maukonen
    May 10, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    I never had a flat bed scanner but did have a slide/negative scanner and was unimpressed. It was always a major hassle to get a decent in focus scan.

    One of the reasons I went from film to digital when I did.

  7. Suzanne
    May 10, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    love the final result of your image of morning lake starbuck/lawrence… the music is wonderful too!

  8. May 10, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    I still have more film lurking than digital, so scanning is a must. Focusing is no problem these days. Nonetheless, for current work, it’s digital, no doubt.

  9. Canyon2
    May 10, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Lawrence, what a beautiful picture at the top. Thank you.
    This is my first post under the new format and I have been with Disqus for a long time as “Canyon2” formerly Apple Canyon2 under WordPress.
    It works! It works!

  10. Canyon2
    May 10, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day to you msmolly and all the Mothers that are on the site.

  11. Molly
    May 10, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    AHA! Is this AppleCanyon2? It is going to take a bit of effort to figure out changed screen names.

  12. jane24
    May 10, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Thanks, Lawrence. Still reading your Sunday posts even though I haven’t commented in a while. As Canyon2, love the pic at the top of your post. Black & white is my favorite format. (More drama!)

  13. May 10, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    There is a music connection with this one as well. Again, I was struggling with just the right essence. I found this work “Marietta’s Song” from an Opera by Korngold. It closes with a long recapitulation in the orchestra, where Korngold quotes Richard Strauss. It was that moment that crystalized my conviction to abandon any more editing. I saved the set of adjustments as Preset, and have attempted to use it again.

    No dice.

  14. May 10, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    I’m not up to speed on comments here. Someone commented that no refresh is necessary on Disqus. Not so. I became puzzled when the comment count kept growing and I saw no change. So I did a refresh and there they all are.

    Apologies for not responding to all of them in a timely manner.

  15. jane24
    May 10, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Did listen too!

  16. Canyon2
    May 11, 2015 at 6:00 am

    I have been on Disqus as Canyon2 for a long time but you are right, with the change from WordPress to Disqus, I guess Apple Canyon2 disappeared into the mists of time.