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The presence of absence is an integral aspect of my work. Although I rarely photograph people, I look for their memories and traces, When asked to sum up almost five decades of work I usually refer to my interest in the juxtaposition, relationship, even confrontation of the organic elements of the earth and the structures that we humans place in and on the land. Every photographer must choose their own way to work. We all respond individually to the subject matter we encounter. Some photographers focus more on people than environments, but I am not one of them. I like to use the analogy of the theatre stage. Generally, I prefer photographing before and after the performance. I relish the potential of a place, the atmosphere, and I try to portray that visually. I enjoy using my imagination to create stories and trace histories. I like to sense what has gone on, and what will happen next. When the performers are on stage, I cannot help but be drawn into their stories and follow them. I suppose that I become more passive and allow myself to be entertained. I listen to the performers more than myself. There are many times when this situation might be for the best! However, when I am photographing, I usually prefer my work to be without figures. I want viewers to be alone in the image. Being solitary evokes certain subjective feelings. I don’t attempt to control the experience; I provide the environment.
Hello Dave,How does one subscribe to Medium Format Magazine? I assume it is digital down load, not hard copy? What is the yearly fee? Thanks
Beach Haven, NJ
Thank you so much Ray for your kind feedback and support! It means a lot.I subscribed not too long ago and greatly enjoyed "binge reading" all of the back issues while on a recent semi-local holiday. Outstanding, all of them! And I've just read the Kenna interview in the October issue, truly wonderful.