Well, first, I am not sure that I have fully bought into the ‘Art is a Verb’ thing.
So I thought I might take a very big liberty and quote Colin from our off-line discussion about an image that I had posted on Stills for comments. But after thinking about this, I do not feel that is not right, so I will defer to one of his points instead.
“you are documenting landscapes and lifestyles”
The reason for my uneasiness is the idea that I am ‘documenting’ something, I think that I am photographing the urban landscape. I feel that I am exploring my feelings about what I see and that influences my selection of composition, exposure, and subsequent image development. Any more than when I was photographing the natural landscpe, did I feel that I was documenting the rocks, dirt, and whatever. I felt that I was observing and seeing compositional elements that triggered an emotional response, such that I reacted by making the exposure, then explored the tonal compositon in the dark/light-room as I expressed what I felt and saw in a printed image.
I don’t know, maybe it was the choice of words and my association with those words. So I’ll think some more about this. As I re-read what I just wrote, perhaps those are the verbs that was referred to: observing, feeling, exploring and reacting. hmmm.
Meanwhile, this image is Old Homesite For Sale and may be in my series Transitional Seam. I do find a number of older homes that have already been ‘torn down’ and now the land is for sale and ready for development. Just a concrete scar remains until the bulldozers return.
Best regards, Doug