Another Period of Growth

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.”




7 responses to “Another Period of Growth”

  1. allentimphotos2 Avatar

    Well, if it helps you’ve influenced me with your photos taken of New Orleans’ 2nd Line events. Your photos of getting in the middle of the event is exciting and inspirational. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      You’re very welcome. You have to get into some sort of shape to do it. It’s like playing a combination of football and rugby as you bounce off of people and they bounce off of you. You emerge tired and bruised, but man, did you have fun.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. allentimphotos2 Avatar

        It’s a challenge.


      2. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        Good luck. I think I’m too old for that now.

        Liked by 1 person

      3. allentimphotos2 Avatar

        So am I. But its fun to think about it.


  2. Doug Wilson Avatar
    Doug Wilson

    What would David Allen Harvey do if you took away his 20mm wide angle lens ?

    Just kidding, I only knew him slightly through Brian Payne whom I mentored when he was a journalism major at college and his early years a Director of Photography for Boy’s Life magazine, Brian also worked for Bob Gilka at National Geographic. Gilka was one of the kindest men I knew as a freelancer and fellow pheasant hunter.

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      I suppose he’d use the 28 that comes with his Fuji camera. I thought the last DOP of Boys Life was John Fulton, an old friend of mine. I met Gilka when I attended OU, I was visiting Chuck Scott at his home while Gilka was there. I don’t really know him. In case you are wondering, I’m pretty much retired from photography.


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