THE NINETIES

 

A concentration of color work and reflections found on the streets of New York City. The found surprises while looking at store window reflections became even more captivating to me. What was in the store window, mannequins and dummies, odd objects, costumes, sometimes people, sometimes pictures of people.
Things reflected in the windows, people on the sidewalk, traffic, buildings across the street,
signs of every sort, hand written to neon. Masses
of light and dark, sunlight objects, a wonderful mess of things to try and organize on the spur of the moment. Almost like the improvising of a jazz musician as the light and objects change with every step.

Sometimes waiting for a person to walk into or out of the frame, or vehicles to move into or out of the picture. Or waiting for the flashing light to flash on or off. Coming back to a scene when the light was better, or when the rain would stop. A great experience for the picture maker. All found and never manipulated in the darkroom

or on the computer.

I had been photographing store window reflections for many years in black and white. Some times with a 4 x 5 view camera on a tripod, often with hand cameras. Sometimes studiously composed with large format, and sometimes using the hand camera like a sketch pad.

In the nineties it was freely sketching in color.

I had avoided color because it would fade and I wanted color that would last at least My lifetime, and if people bought color works as investment, the color should last. The word was that stable color could be had digitally. So I started to shoot color prints and then have digital prints made from them.

This process had none of the toxic qualities of the wet darkroom and some of its virtues. All three photographic colors are never true to life, no matter what is done.  

And besides, what is the importance of being true to neon colors? They are man made colors anyway.

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