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Not every day has to break new ground artistically. Connecting with your inner Weston is OK too. I like the shots a lot. I especially like the first one on your flickr set.

Jack Nelson


Sometimes I wish I had never heard of or seen any other photographer. Now that I have, I seem to be caught up in it, even to the point of surfing the Internet to see other photographers' works.
To me, it seems that once we are exposed, our own work is basically tainted, if not ruined. We are always comparing. Just as you were in your post. The idea expressed in the first comment about "new ground artistically" shows what I mean. Once we know what else is "out there," we become driven to created something "new." And just what is "new"? And why is "new" valuable and important?
I like when you say you "try and tease something out of the mess." Isn't that all any of us can do? That, and try as you did to eliminate that voice in our head that tries its best to ruin our creative efforts.

Doug Plummer


I'm going to have to take you to task about your reluctance to expose yourself to other work. There is no other way we can grow as artists except by seeing what shoulders there are to stand on, and what riffs are out there that we can borrow and make our own. I'm a big fan of informed artmaking, and my point in the post is that it need not get in the way of engaging with what is compelling at the moment. If I didn't know the body of California modernist work done in this arena, I would think I was reinventing the best wheel in the universe. As it is, I could be aware of this tradition, but go ahead and do what made me feel good anyway.

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