Posted by
Jeffrey (Scottsdale, United States) on 4 March 2015 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Location: Phoenix, AZ

Over the years, I've come to realize that a lot of people don't understand that my photos are only rarely about the subjects I photograph. This photo is an especially good example of this, as the scene I photographed has, by itself, very little appeal to most people. I was reminded of this recently by a passage I read in Todd Hido's newest book (on Landscapes, Interiors, and the Nude), wherein he discusses his night photos: "...I see them as if they were a set where dramas are unfolding all the time. I'm setting the stage for an imagined story." I couldn't have said it better myself, as that is exactly what I try to do with my photos! Why is the utility box open? Who was inside it -- and how, what with it being 15 feet off the ground -- and why was it left as it was? Why is the pylon sitting alongside the building? And what's behind the chain-link fence across the alley? I leave it to the viewer to answer all of these questions (and more!) and then connect the answers together to form their own narrative, just as Hido does with his photos.

Le Krop from Charenton-le-Pont, France

Sweet nice picture.

4 Mar 2015 7:05am

Le Krop from Charenton-le-Pont, France

Une approche peut-être un peu trop intellectuelle pour moi, eu égard en tout cas à la traduction approximative que me propose Google. Les photos sont toujours, ce me semble, une transposition, parcellaire soit, de soi-même, derrière les apprences. Vos photos témoignent de quelque chose d'autre, de plus, certes, mais je ne sais pas de quoi. C'est ce que j'appelle souvent, un peu simplement, l'atmosphère, et qui est, bien sûr, plus que ça.

4 Mar 2015 7:11am