Archive for April, 2010

No vapour trails

Posted in Film, Northumberland, Rangefinder, Zeiss on April 28, 2010 by sojournerphoto

Whilst being sympathetic to the difficulties faced by many people over the last couple of weeks, I have been inspired by the reminder that our hubris about being in control is just that. There were no valpour trails in Northumberland the other weekend, following the Icelandi volcanic eruption.

I was also reminded of a program that I saw a fwe weeks ago on a previous eruption in Iceland that devastated the local population – killing farm animals through fluorine oisoning – and also have very significant impacts throughout europe. In the UK many young men died through the summer after working out in the fields as the cloud of poisonous gas drifted by over the weeks and months. None of them would have even known of the eruption. In France the cold and hard winter that followed is thought to have helped pave the way for the revolution, and there was a great even in egypt.

After the planes started to fly again, I was disheartened to hear the politicians seek to make political capital from the situation. To me this seems to be yet another failure of our political system and its principal players.




Posted in Art, Film, Life, Northumberland, Rangefinder, Uncategorized, Zeiss on April 26, 2010 by sojournerphoto

On dislocation

Posted in Life on April 21, 2010 by sojournerphoto


A quote from Terry Teachout:

I am glad to have two homes, glad to be able to catch a cab outside Grand Central Station and, six hours later, step out of a rented car and stroll up the driveway to the back door of my parents’ house and sleep in the bedroom where I slept as a child. Once I thought I would spend the rest of my life in a place like that. I did not know when I went off to college that I would someday stand at both ends of the long road that stretched invisibly before me, beckoning vainly across the continent to myself. I am like a million other Americans who grew up and moved away from the small towns of their childhood. We cannot go back; we are not at home where we are. We are exiles from the lost heart of the land we love.


Another from W Eugene Smith

Posted in Art, Life, Working on April 21, 2010 by sojournerphoto


Sean Keane sent me a link to this short essay by W Eugene Smith, which is well worth dipping into.

After explaining his view that (journalistic) photographers could not be objective, but must be honest, he includes a paragraph later in the essay that I appreciate very much:

The photographer must bear the responsibility for his work and its effect. By so much as his work is a distortion (this is sometimes intangible, at other times shockingly obvious), in such proportion is it a crime against humanity. Even on rather “unimportant” stories, this attitude must be taken—for photographs (and the little words underneath) are molders of opinion. A little misinformation plus a little more misinformation is the kindling from which destructive misunderstandings flare.