January 2, 2015

Photographs made on the streets of a city like New York, or any dynamic urban place, usually require an immediacy and responsiveness that often leaves one somewhat uncertain of what the whole image might contain, or how it may ‘work.’ Of course this is part of the mystery and risk of making photographs.

So when I found myself in Bonnieux, a small village in the Luberon valley of southern France, a place where not much was happening, I realized that I must adapt to the pace of the locale and ‘feel’ out the temperament that was required to simply be there. I understood that I had to  learn how to see what there was there that stopped me for whatever reason. I guess my first lesson was that ‘awe’ comes in many different, and unexpected forms, and will surprise me if I simply take the time to stand before it and allow myself to be taken in.

On a late afternoon walk around the village on the first day these small gestures; an accumulation of a few stones by someone’s hand, and the peace of an empty street at dusk, said to me, “this is where you are, make the most of what you have.”

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5 thoughts on “January 2, 2015

  1. Mark Clarke

    That captured ‘moment’ long or short. I’m looking forward to reading these throughout the year. Thank you for sharing your effort.

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  2. Jose

    That glowing window is photography itself, a guiding light through darkness. It reminds me of that The Smiths’ song called “There is a light that never goes out”. Thank you for sharing, Joel. Greetings from Spain.

    Jose

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  3. PhotonGuy

    I’m really looking forward to all of these posts. I’ve been undertaking a similar challenge to see something special in the everyday and at times it can be a struggle to get out of the mindset that everything must be big and dramatic to have photographic value.

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