Uphill or downhill struggles. Paths, steps and chemins. Journeys; sometimes difficult, sometimes exhilarating but always adventures. We are talking about photography, right?
This photograph “Les quatres veuves, île de Patmos” was made by François Le Diascorn in 1981. Last weekend I went to an exhibition celebrating Galerie Château d’Eau’s 40 years of photography. I was like a kid let loose in a sweet shop of Josef Koudelka, Willy Ronis, Michael Kenna, Doisneau… and who knew Emile Zola was a photographer?
I stood in front of the above photograph and let out a long sigh. I apologise, this version of it on your computer screen is a bit rubbish. But OH. My God. The blacks where deep and rich yet still showed every subtle fold of the widows’ dresses. The dazzling areas of burning hot Grecian sun, instead of being bleached away still contained every detail of every texture. And this, my friend, was shot 34 years ago on humble 35mm. My first thought was I may as well give up now as I’ll never make work that good but it really nibbles my cabbage when I do that. So my second though was to go and shoot some pictures asap and get better, get that good, get back to that difficult, uneven, winding path and see what’s waiting for me round the corner.