Friday, March 7, 2008


Exit zone, originally uploaded by heiko_w.

Just like the guy making his way through this temporary walkway, I'm going through some stuff. The frequency of posts have been wavering as of late and I'm afraid the infrequency will likely continue. I wish it were easier to write about the photos that I love, but the truth is that at times writing is like pulling teeth. Years of leaving concise yet unspecific comments around flickr and elsewhere have left my writing sensibilities dull and decrepit.

I've tricked myself into thinking I could do a handful of things in my life all at once, but I sadly cannot. So while I look forward to continuing to share my thoughts on my favorite photography at clickclickclick, and while recognizing that continuing to write here regularly is one of the only ways I can hope to improve my writing, I confess that it's too much for me to attempt five, or even four, posts a week. Overexcited by this new project, and passionate about it to a fault, I have neglected to prioritize my life properly.


Though his features are not visible to us,the man in the photo still appears to be sure-footed and certain of his destination. While darkness surrounds him on all four sides, his path is lit and he is about to turn the corner with a resolve that I contrastingly do not have. I know the pathway is a temporary one and that it serves to cover you between here and there but I still hesitate. So again I apologize. I will be posting much more infrequently from now on -- at least until I get myself from here to there.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


pier 2, originally uploaded by Tetsuya Blues.

Purposely obscuring part of a picture is one way artists sometimes force us to fill in the blanks. On two levels, that comes into play in Tetsuya Blues' photo above. The "2" is partially hidden behind the subject's head, while the head itself is turned away, obscuring the face. The number is easy to fill in, but the face isn't. We are left to wonder who this person is, unable to give this person an identity.

I like how my focus keeps shifting between the wall and the figure. I start with the circled numeral, then the enclosed head within. The sharpness of the subject draws me down through the contrasting textures of hair, fur, and creased fabric. And then I look to the Japanese text in soft focus behind.

With the gaze of the subject directed away from us, it's almost as if the focal point of the photo is that wall. I especially like how centered both foreground and background are. There's a tricky balance here that I think Tetsuya Blues has really nailed beautifully. I can't stop staring at this photo.

Monday, March 3, 2008


MTR Station- Central, HK, originally uploaded by Paul Swee.

Paul Swee is a Flickr user based in Hong Kong, and his photos capture bits and pieces of the surrounding metropolis. I enjoy browsing through his photostream to soak up the atmosphere of his city. Many of the shots are of everyday scenes, slices of life. In his profile, Paul states simply that "I shoot what I see."

He's being modest, of course. Here's a shot taken in Hong Kong's subway system. Looks like a young couple are having a falling out. The body language speaks volumes. The girl's toes pointed in, face turned down and away, limp arm, palm open, feeling hurt or dejected . The guy leaning in, trying to look the girl in the eye, holding tightly to the girl's hand, desperately perhaps. One hand motioning to his chest, maybe explaining his feelings or defending his actions. Paul offers a possibly overheard: "trust me, I didn't mess with your best friend."

I admire photographers that have captured intimate moments happening out in the open. It's mainly because it takes nerve to walk up to a person, frame your shot, and snap away. I suspect it might be a tad easier to get away with it if your subjects are too distracted by their own swirling emotions to notice the soft swish of a Leica shutter. Nonetheless, it takes a great deal of practice to obtain just a tiny bit of confidence. I better get out there.