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I repeat uploading items or write ups on Garry Winogrand, who is one of my inspiration in photography.  The essence for passion in photography is defined by Winogrand.

“I am stuck with my own psychology…” Winogrand exclaimed, in one part of the interview.

And what of photography and the thing he does?  “…what ever it is, I can’t seem to do enough of it…it’s a pleasure…”

He died in March of 1984.

One of my heroes is Garry Winogrand.

photo by Judy Winogrand

Who?

Well, Winogrand is one of the most prolific and celebrated photographers.

He is best known as one of history’s best street photographers to ever grace our reality. His work had, in many respects, heightened our awareness on the “banality” and the “ordinary-ness” of our daily life functions.

So, what’s so special about that?

Well, his work isn’t simply impressing the point that “we function within a world where we do not really have extraordinary moments”. But he pushes the notion that WITHIN the banal, there are certainty in the extraordinary circumstances.

From the Mundane, comes brilliant excitement.

Hence, it is the opposite of dictating to us that we are forever stuck in a “gray world”, but that we live in a stupendously mysterious and extraordinary world. We live in a very lively and “alter universe”.

Winogrand’s vision of the ordinary is of like the “Bizzaro World” or the “direct opposite” of the subject and situation (as example from “Superfriends” cartoon show). The ordinary “walk” becomes an ironic and mystery to the “external” premise. The ordinary “arm toss” becomes an intrusion and a interpretive “filler” to that specific bubble world.

“A photograph is the illusion of a literal description of how the camera ‘saw’ a piece of time and space.”- Garry Winogrand.

So, if we keep with the notion of the “Superfriends Bizzaro World” concept, then the camera and the photographer are the tools to “stripping” the excess. The excess “cover” and non-continual super-glue, which kept the “reality” in tact.  Winogrand, in his philosophy, broke down that super-glue. Which directly exposed the under belly of that moment. That dirty and more interesting moment.

Winogrand’s inspired many (just like me) in what photography is all about. He (and many before him, and his contemporaries, plus his direct and indirect disciples) put the essence in the forefront. He’s put what photography can do and what it inspires to do (but often fails).

“There is a transformation. By putting 4 edges around, it changes it (i.e. the banality & of the mundane of life).”- Garry Winogrand.

This is where I’d decided on the name of my blog. Just like Winogrand, I think of photography as like lifting a large rock after a spring rain fall. You get to expose the life and the more interesting life events existing together for survival.  Life doesn’t get better or worse with looking at photography like this. Which is what Winogrand philosophises. He’s not guaranteeing anything. He just states that the camera (exposing the subject) imposes a different reality.

And that is the point. There’s no better or worse. There’s just the way the camera and the photographer ‘made’ that moment.

He’s a hero of mine, and in some very small way, I make my blog as a tribute to his art and his genius.  Garry Winogrand is a grand master of photography. Will alway be, to me.

So, I’ll always will try to expose or get a glimpse of that sometimes deceptively slippery under-belly.

Jason

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