Although not a question, recent interesting posts have dictated this response. D an's post regarding what other photographer's works are hanging on our walls & G rey Wolf's post regarding Paul's web site amongst others has been turning over i n my mind for several days, fermenting.
It is quite obvious that there are very numerous photographers out there, all qu ite good & noteworthy, and I wish I could be like-------. A lot of competition j ust in numbers alone, and yet, we each struggle along on our chosen path in phot ography. To what end???? It makes me wonder if "my voice" will ever arise above the surface. I do not believe I have the time nor the inclination to create a w eb site, I'm busy just doing normal work of shooting & printing. Like Atget.
Now Atget was a photographer in my opinion. I was given a small book on Atget fo r Xmas which I read in a few hours between bites of fruitcake. He did his "thing ", photographing "history" of Old Paris not carring about imperfections in his n egatives or prints. He certainly did not creat a web site, nor did he run to the nearest AD guy schlepping his portfolio. He was a Jerry Rubin guy, just "Do It" . If it hadn't been for Bernice Abbott, perhaps his glass plates would still be somewhere hidden in the basement of some old building in Paris.
I'm of French ancestory, first generation American, degreed & having taught His tory, and my grandfather's name was Eugene, like Atget. So I'm thinking, Walter Mitty he I come!
Now Walter is another interesting guy, whether he thought of himself as a Cop ar resting a bad guy, or a flying ace turning his Spitfire into action or a Mario d riving a heavy Chevy # 3 into a banking Daytona curve. I have to believe in my W alter Mitty, the Photographer, that in one day, perhaps all the work I am doing will come to the forefront and find a place on someone's walls or in the archive s of some instituion. Maybe!
Are there any other Walter Mitty's out there??????
I hope each and every one of you have a productive year--Bonne Annee, mes Amies- -From Vail, Colorado--Raymond