Tuesday, April 21, 2009
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Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I'm really excited as this will be far better than anything I could have ever done on my own.
In the mean time, be sure to check out my street photography galleries there (if you haven't already).
It's a slice of time and space from San Francisco to New York, spanning 1989 to the present.
If you are on Facebook, I also have galleries up at my own Artist Page there.
There's always something new and groovy happening over at the 15x100 Blog! Be sure to stop by regularly.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
It's very exciting to have been deemed worthy by such a distinguished collection of photographers!
Link is here.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
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Saturday, January 10, 2009
This completes what will become the Street Photography section of the galleries.
They will ultimately be sectioned off by way of a main gallery menu.
I haven’t quite decided what the other sections will be just yet though.
The story behind “Polk and Sacramento” begins with my severe case of Attention Deficit Disorder.
I lived in San Francisco from ‘89 to ‘93, and supported myself by working in one hour photo labs (back when that was considered a “skill”).
The job itself can get monotonous pretty quickly. Day after day of roll after roll of boring family vacation pictures can make you want to claw your face off after a while.
So, to relieve the boredom, I used to spend my lunch break photographing everyone who walked past the store (which was on the corner of Polk street and Sacramento street, hence the name of the gallery).
All shot with my old Canon F-1, on Tri-X.
I had no designs on making a project out of it. It was really just a way to keep my brain from atrophying.
All these years later I revisited those shots and was quite surprised by what I’d captured.
An interesting little slice of life in the microcosm that was one street corner, in one neighborhood, in one city.
A documentary, of sorts.
It was fascinating to recall people’s reactions to me.
I’m sure they all wondered who was this freaky fellow just standing there taking pictures of everybody?
Some seemed to be amused by it. Others scowled. Most just ignored me and kept walking.
Being that I was stationary, it was tricky to compose the shots with any sense of inconspicuousness.
In other types of street photography that I’ve done, I was always moving.
With a few exceptions, it was a “hit and run“ style of shooting.
In Polk and Sacramento, I was forced to confront the awareness of each subject.
There were never any verbal exchanges. But the one-second conversation our eyes would have said enough.
In the coming days I’ll talk a bit about the other 3 street galleries and the inspirations and stories behind them.
Friday, January 9, 2009
I am endlessly fascinated by this.
I enjoy periodically googling my name to see what other Paul Collins' are doing in the arts.
Today I came across two other Paul Collins' who are also photographers, and quite extraordinary ones at that.
Paul Nemirah Collins is a fabulous portrait photographer who is also based in New York.
This Paul Collins does wonderful urban landscape work that reminds me a bit of my friend Llorenç Rosanes.
I highly recommend checking out both.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Staring At The Sun
“When I was a kid my father used to say
I had dreams when I was your age.
I don’t get it. Why do people change?
I swear I will never be that way.
Staring at the sun, I see a brighter day.
Should I look away?
Staring at the sun, I feel it’s warm embrace.
Should I walk away?“
--Wendy and Lisa
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
This bottle fascinated me on a walk through the woods one day.
Despite being saddened that it was there in the first place (It sickens me when people don’t clean up their mess in nature areas), I loved to contrast of the blue of the label against the brown leaves.
The patterns of the bubbles, and the way they caught and refracted the light.
I have a lot to think about as I foray into the notion of creating a blog about photography.
What is photography from my perspective?
How do I think about it?
How do I feel about it?
Do I want to talk about philosophy? Technique? Ideas? Or, just the work itself?
I like to stick my fingers in many stylistic pies. So which one is "me"?
Or are they all?
Mostly, I suspect this will just be periodic blather that will be completely uninteresting to anyone but me.
Photographs from my daily (and not so daily) wanderings around the Hudson Valley area of New York.
And perhaps a political rant or two to spice things up a bit.
The adventure begins...