Birmingham, Alabama, 2006. Wedding.
I recently enjoyed reading Alec Soth's interview with Stephen DiRado.
A few thoughts from Stephen DiRado:
- "...I'm not sure about anything other than there is this obsession to keep making the photos, and along the way ask myself less questions before making the photo."
- "Making art is like piecing together an endless puzzle."
- "I come to realize throughout the years that if I'm not part of something then I have no business photographing it."
- "If there is one decisive moment (or duration of time) that best expresses the gathering, I will stop all activities to make the photo."
And Alec Soth talks about different ways that he analyzes photography:
- "book photographers" vs. "wall photographers"
- "travel photographers" vs. "home photographers"
- "scientifically precise (Documentary)" vs. "lyrically evocative (Pictorialism)"
- "I have a theory that everyone will say one sentence about an artist. 'He's the guy that photographs Weimaraners.' 'She was one of Crewdson's students at Yale.' 'She took disturbing pictures of her children.'"
All points that I find interesting to consider. To understand the full context you should read the interview.
Also, be sure to check out Stephen DiRado's Photography. Wonderful portraits.