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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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When I start on a street photography trek, I start with a notion.  That’s just me saying to myself, “What idea I’d like to photograph today”.  It’s not a very structured start of the trek.

However, it is a ritual that I do.

From that kernel, the logistics of the trek can be developed (albeit very quickly and sometimes haphazardly). Well, it’s a process.

Anyways, I digress.

What I was about to say is that coupled with the excitement of not clearly knowing what one will encounter in the streets, the notion of ‘speculating’ about what your subject is thinking about in their individual heads it, equally intriguing.

And any photo of any individual in the streets can mandate such feelings from you, the photographer.

This is what is so exciting about street photography.  Like Forest Gum, “…you never know what you gonna get…”

Here in this example, the subjects are getting out of St. Paul’s Chapel on Trinity.

The subjects are tourists, as you can imagine. They have come to ground zero to take part in the ritual of visitation. I don’t know whether these subjects are residents from the US, or from another country, but the act of visitation has the similar motive.

Now, what do these visitors think of when they approach, and visit such a place. I guess this is where we can interject and insert our own guessed narratives to mold a story. It’s all fiction, you see, but this is a major part of the fun.

So, the simple first question would be:  “What were these ladies coming out of the church thinking about, at that second (when I pressed my shutter button)?”

“Was this lady thinking about the nobleness of the structure? Or was she thinking about her next month’s rent bills?”

“Was the other lady not happy with the visit? What are they looking and feeling as they climbed down those respected steps?”

See? It’s fun, ain’t it? I smile always when I deem there’s a story within the brains of those subjects. It’s a part of the process that is precious for the “fun”.

It’s all good.

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As I’m listening to Ambrosia and working on my projects, I reflect (just a little) on the world of photography.

Some things in life, I’ve often just pressed passed it- as an issue and/or as subject.

One thing for sure, is that I will try my best to seek and recognize the little things that cross my path or my flight (hence my tact on the title of my photo blog “The Mundane”).

Well, just as in principle and on going pillar of street photography, I couple that notion- building and learning (always learning) about the world (small and large) around you and I.

In street photography, it’s a mish-mash of all the major categories of disciplines. It’s sometimes portrait, sometimes landscape, sometimes journalistic, and sometimes all at the same time.

It’s just a beautiful thing. There’s a reason why so many of us, fans of the art of photography, are enamoured with it.  Street photography is so “Open” in its entry, input, interpretation, output. But it’s, in some angles, a rigid skill. It’s “Closed”.

Don’t worry, lets not all think it’s so academic.  Opinions differ in its ultimate relevance in the technical landscape. But to me it’s a learning tablet and a fun factory. There’s not many things that make me have a small smirk (in happiness) when roaming and snapping.

Anywho, that’s one rant for now. Hope your weekends are going fab!

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