January 4, 2011

Today was the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the show: Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand. Alfred Stieglitz is one of my favorite photographers. Seeing his work in person was a monumental experience, and made me continue to examine my own work. All three of these photographers created images that are like incredible paintings. Soft and dreamy, the painterly, or impressionistic style they favored at the beginning of their careers continues to speak to me, and upon seeing this work, made me want to start creating photographs in this style. Even the idea of returning to film is something I was thinking about.

Cut to me walking out of the MET, and almost directly in front of the museum I meet Naoki Okamoto. Some of Naoki’s work reminds me of the impressionistic style I just mentioned, though with modern subject matter, and a different process for creating this look. His work is stunning. I took my time, and looked at every one of his photographs, fell in love with a number of them, and am purchasing my favorites. I mention this because in the same afternoon that I thought this is the work I should be doing, I realized that it’s far important that I continue to develop my own style, and hopefully bring something new to a style which I admire.

Today’s photograph is a direct answer to everything I saw and experienced today. It is definitely impressionistic in style, but as it’s photographed digitally, and by me, the dreamy quality has a look all it’s own. The same, and at the same time very different than what I saw today. This is what is right.

At Play – Central Park, NY

ISO 100, 24-70 @ 46mm, f/18 @ 1/6 sec – hand held – available light

3 Responses to “January 4, 2011”

  1. Congratulations Ben,
    I loooove this shot very much. This is the kind of image I searched for in my work in Mélanclie series but you just succeeded.
    I admire your creative capacity that is unmatched to anyone I know.

  2. Joël says:

    Hi Ben!

    Impressionistic in style, but the result is impressive.

  3. Ghost says:

    Thank you Joel. It’s interesting how seeing art can be such a powerful experience. Walking into Central Park after viewing the Stieglitz show and seeing Naoki’s work, I saw this image almost immediately, and was able to capture it, almost without any thought at all. The image simply presented itself to me. Thank you again.

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