From ‘Sea Level’ — © Mandy Williams

Sea Level is a series of images made in Worthing, England w­here Mandy Williams lived as a teenager. Making images in familiar places is prominent in her work, and the diaristic nature of the project is both a comment on the sense of place she experiences, as well as the overlaid ideas of the appreciation, use or disuse of the land. The work in Sea Level could be described as an altered landscape, and this disruption is an evocative term and a way to consider Williams’ work in the context of the genre. The genre becomes metaphor for division, literally…


Untitled, from ‘Year of the Beast’, © Tara Wray

Year of the Beast is a photo diary of 2020 featuring scenes from life in rural Vermont, under a looming specter of doom. It isn’t a book about the pandemic. It’s a record of a specific time and place as seen through the eyes of one photographer, but with universal themes and universal appeal.

“I can’t put this work out without first acknowledging that this has been such a difficult and tragic year for so many people, and yet I’ve been fortunate,” Wray says. “The people I love are healthy and our lives, though cloistered, have remained stable. But it’s…


From ‘The Boys’ © Rick Schatzberg

When two of his oldest friends died unexpectedly, Rick Schatzberg (born in 1954) turned to photography to cope with his grief. He spent the next year and a half photographing his remaining group of a dozen men who have been close since early childhood. Now in their 67th year, “The Boys,” as they call themselves, grew up together in the 1950s in post-war Long Island, New York.

Conceived from the outset as a photo book, Schatzberg collected old snapshots from the 1970s that tell the story of their shared history and used them to introduce each individual. He paired the…


Recent events and comments on contemporary photography, photo books and interviews with people making meaningful work.

In the mid 1970s (’76 to be accurate) mastodon bones were found buried in the mud at the Christensen property in Hancock County, Indiana. This was literally miles away from where I currently live. Just over the hills, and through the woods mastodons were living here, wandering about, and lying down to sleep each night; right here in the countryside.

Every spring, ornamental pear trees split in half. A big wind storm comes along, or an ice storm perfectly timed for late March tears the poor beauties in half. If spared from such storms, they bloom and produce dainty white…


© Robert Darch

Vale is the latest book by photographer Robert Darch. Darch creates narrative fictions which explore ideas and feelings based on his early adulthood. The sense of loss he experienced in his twenties is expressed in eerie or spooky scenes of the rural idyllic English countryside. These scenes sometimes include figures, and oftentimes we are shown images which hint at something that lies just below the surface. Something left unsaid, but perceived by the viewer nonetheless. …


Recent events and comments on contemporary photography, photo books and interviews with people making meaningful work.

When several things all line up, cosmically that is, it’s easy to connect the dots and find patterns. Are the patterns really there, or is it merely hindsight? Regardless, recently a couple of things lined up in my corner of the universe.

There is a day each spring and fall when the sun lines up perfectly in the late afternoon, and it shines straight through the house from West to East. I call it the kitchen & bathroom equinox because I like the sound of it, not because it is entirely accurate from a scientific standpoint. It was sunny on…


That Luscious Day © Marcy Palmer

You Are Eternity, You Are the Mirror is an elegant exploration of Beauty in a time when so much of the world is focused on anything but. Palmer presents an antidote to personal and political crisis. In times like what the world has experienced in the past twelve months, many people turn to beauty found in the natural world for solace and refuge. ‘You Are Eternity’ makes the choice to pair Palmer’s images with the writings of Kahlil Gibran; which highlights the significance and meaningfulness of the idea of beauty in our lives. To be still and look with wonder…


This is the second installment of a series of posts about photography podcasts. I mentioned in the first post that I like to listen to others speak about their experience as photographers, or how they came to be photographers. As someone who both creates and writes about photography, I’ve found it very beneficial to read and hear the stories of others.

Thanks to folks who shared some of their favorite podcasts; some of those have been added to my list as well, and I’ve included more of my recommendations below. The first article in this series mentions that some of…


Fill the Frame (2021)
62min
Documentary
Released 31 January 2021 (USA)
https://www.filltheframefilm.com/

Fill The Frame, directed and produced by Tim Huynh, follows eight contemporary New York City street photographers. The film takes an in-depth look at the work of the photographers and their journey through personal discussions, and features interviews and scenes of them working on the streets of New York City. The photographers featured are Dimitri Mellos, Jonathan Higbee, Julia Gillard, Lauren Welles, Mathias Wasik, Melissa Breyer, Melissa O’Shaughnessy, & Paul Kessel.

The film also features interviews with notable curators, gallerists, and writers to give both historical and current…


From Passing Place © Sandy Carson

Passing Place is both a memoir and a portrait of a person, place, and time in Sandy Carson’s life. Themes of memory and loss also play a part in the story. Sandy moved from Scotland to America after pursuing and achieving a goal of being a pro BMX rider. This career gave rise to working as a photographer for magazines and freelance assignments. …

Cary Benbow

Photographer, independent writer/journalist :: staff writer for F-Stop Magazine, Publisher of Wobneb Magazine. www.carybenbow.com

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