Monday, June 30, 2008

I'll Be Your Dawg

Written Comments

On a chilly evening in mid-December I was touched by this lonely low-down dawg mooching around the brightly-lit grocery store. I don't know if he belonged to it or not, but his demeanour was such that he seemed to be forlornly hoping that someone would toss him a crust or a bone or something.

My companion for the tour, a charming lady from Oxfordshire in the UK, said something like 'Oh, what a shame' when I said it was blurred, and was surprised when I replied that I thought it was marvellous!

It's completely personal, of course, but I love the fuzzy canine shadow with the almost transparent legs and echoed head contrasting nicely with the colourful fruit and veg on the stand behind. Homeless people are an omnipresent feature of Paris streets, and their plight is all the sadder in the colder seasons and this could be a kind of metaphor for that.

As I often mention, my creative objective is to produce images which are half-way between photographic-reality and artistic impressionism.

There are two great things about having a predefined goal or guiding principle behind your work. First of all, it gives you a framework to move within, hopefully creating some coherence to your output. And secondly, art is, well, art, man, and there ain't no boundaries nor rules that weren't made to be broken, so go for it! The weirder the wonderfuller I reckon!

Having said that, my own stuff now seems relatively tame, but you'd be surprised how often people (philistines!) still tell me things like, 'Well, I like it, but it's a shame you didn't manage to get it in focus', thereby missing the point by a few light stops, but never mind...

It means something to me, and that's what matters.

Video Commentary

(Right-click the image above and open in a new window to have a bigger, good quality version right next to the video commtary as we discuss the photo...)

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