You thought that you were getting off easy. Heh! Let me tell you that never happens except on Sunday when I don’t feel like working.
I want to talk about death.
Yeah. I know that’s not a happy topic.
Still, we lost two icons already this week. Douglas Kirkland and Loretta Lynn
Kirkland was an icon of the photography world, working for both Look and Life Magazines. He mostly photographed famous people, but that wasn’t his limit. He was also one of the kindest photographers I’ve ever known, and I only knew him very casually. I knew him better through his work. Here’s an example of how kind. Once, when I was very young I was talking to him about an upcoming assignment. After listening to me he said, this is what I would do. About a week later he called to ask how the assignment worked out. Who does that?
He was 88. May he rest in peace.
What can I say about Loretta Lynn that hasn’t already been said, written about or portrayed on film? So much good music came out of her. Let’s look at it this way. Without her there’s no Emmy Lou Harris, no Mary Chapin Carpenter. Without those two, there’s no Valerie June, no Amanda Shires. And, without them who knows?
She was 90. May she rest in peace.
It’s all a continuum.
We build on the shoulders of those who came before us. I certainly did. My influences are wide and varied. Ernst Haas, Jay Maisel, David Allen Harvey, Eugene Smith, Henri Cartier Bresson. More, but for now that’s okay.
I suppose that’s one reason Storyteller exists. Maybe, just maybe, if I can influence one person, one photographer, than Storyteller is a success because I know that number of followers don’t matter and likes don’t matter. As Neil Young once wrote, “Numbers add up to nothing.”