Naked To The Eye

Prayers for you.

The weather turned a little cold and very bright. So, I started chasing my project. I found an old house with a statue in front. The Virgin Mary protects the house. The house protects the occupants.

I don’t know much about this place. There were no cars in the street or in the short driveway so I couldn’t stop and ask. So, I just stopped and photographed. Maybe, I’ll go back.

The way I work on projects is to photograph everything that interests me. I don’t pre-edit. I really don’t edit any of my takes except to cherry pick for Storyteller.

I have no idea if the pictures I make will hang together as a story or if they are more of an art statement. Only marination and time will tell.

And, sometimes I’m not even sure if I made a good picture. When I’m really right in the field I don’t even remember what I did until I look at it on the monitor.

There are other ways of working. Studio photographers don’t waste as much gas as I do. Wedding photographers make more pictures of people than I do. Nature photographers, well I can’t imagine walking around in mud boots way too early in the morning.

What about you?

For those of you who are photographers, how do you like to work?

Working on this project is a cross between photojournalism and documentary photography.

That means I don’t experiment much. I make pictures of what I see. I may lighten, brighten or slightly enhance the color. That’s about it.

You sort of have to pick your place. A friend of mine does all this weird stuff to second liners and Indians. Another friend and I keep telling him to stop doing it. He doesn’t listen. Yet, when a picture of his shows up on a second line or Indian page it’s cleared up.

What do I know?

I have my beliefs. They’ve sharpened over forty plus years. They may not suit you.



8 responses to “Naked To The Eye”

  1. rothpoetry Avatar

    I think I got it! When your blog changed I lost touch. This new format made me click follow again.
    Interesting photo. It is also interesting what people feel is important to them.

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      It should be fine. The formatting not only changed for me, but WordPress is pretty much forcing everyone to use the Block System.

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      1. rothpoetry Avatar

        Yes, I understand. I am not a fan of the clunky blocks!

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      2. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        Once you get used to them they are workable. But, just about that time WordPress “improves” them again.

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  2. thegumbodiaries Avatar

    I’m interested in knowing about this project — icons, statues?. I spent days photographing little free libraries and neighborhood book boxes. It was a surprisingly rewarding project during a pandemic.

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      This project will take months. I’ll know when it coming to an end when I start repeating myself. The subject matter is everything. People, places and things. I come from photojournalism so I think in terms of telling a story that makes sense to the viewer. However, this isn’t strictly documentary. The twist is making art. The goalie a portfolio of 20 pictures, which means there will be plenty of out takes.

      How did you do your project?

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  3. thegumbodiaries Avatar

    The quest was the joy — riding through neighborhoods during a pandemic looking for free little libraries. A way to get out of the house but not interact. The project ended up as front page whimsy article in the local newspaper. After all, where else could you get a book? Libraries and book stores were closed. Front page article was never the intention, but the result of the quest with a Canon Rebel on automatic, cropping and adjusting in Photoshop. Simple but fun. I also created a google map of all the little libraries with the photos and directions. The surprise is occasionally I find a tittle library I missed.

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      We talk about intent a lot around here. When I switched gears to a second career I asked a couple of people how to so it. (Music artist management) One thing that they said is that no artist should do anything for fame or money. Do it for the art, if you work at it and the work is good, fame and fortune will follow. You may not have missed the libraries. I live in New Orleans. Our neighborhoods are fairly established. I’d see a little library in one location. A few days later I’d find a new one in another neighborhood.

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