What I'm doing here

Posted by David on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 8:25 PM.

Elisabeth Biondi from the New Yorker magazine explains it better than I can, while describing Pieter Hugo’s The Hyena Men of Nigeria (emphasis mine):

‘Some people have said to me that Pieter’s subject is so dramatic that it would be hard to take a bad picture,’ says Biondi, ‘but, you know, a photographer chooses his subjects, and that, too, is an important part of having a great eye. Photographers go where their instinct leads them and then try and work out their fascination for the subject through the photographs they take. That’s what Pieter’s doing but in a kind of extreme way.’ She pauses for a moment. ‘He has a vision and he pursues it relentlessly. He has what it takes.’

That's exactly what this site is here for. Every weirdo series represents me worrying at an idea, scratching at it, trying to figure out what's visually interesting to me about it, what I'm responding to emotionally, what it is I'm trying to say.

(Quote courtesy of A Photo Editor, with thanks.)

heather, on Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 10:00 AM:

Thanks for the Hyena Men link - the photos were fascinating and the explanation of the context for the photos was even more so.