When I saw the above quote from John Loengard, I could only wish that I had been clever enough to say it myself. He has, in just a few words, summed up a great portion of my attitude toward photography. Hoot!--there are so many photographs that are nothing more than pretty pictures with predictable compositions and perhaps a splash of vivid color. They are boring photographs of interesting subjects. Our attention is better held by interesting photographs of boring subjects. I will make photographs of anything that I think I might like to see again, if I can create an interesting presentation of the subject. Generally, though not always, I look for strong graphic components that impart energy to a still image.
It's unlikely that you'll like every photograph on this web site, nor in the galleries of any other photographer. But I hope that you'll agree that the collection here is not just another batch of "pretty pictures."
Seligman, Arizona is located between Kingman and Ash Fork on Route 66. Interstate 40 takes a more direct and higher speed route. The small communities on the old road are shells of their active days when Route 66 was the main and only road through this section of Arizona. Before Interstate 40 opened, Seligman saw nine-thousand cars a day.
Some people of Seligman have made an effort to draw interest and traffic once again to their town. They've had some success, but it is a challenging task. There are restrictions on billboard promotions along Interstate 40, and the Yavapai County Council has not shown interest in funding restoration or promotional efforts.
People won't spend money in Yavapai County if they don't stop.
And now for something completely different...
When creating the files to print my photographs, I'm mostly involved with just color balance and density (lightness and darkness). Occasionally, though, I like to experiment with digital manipulations. With an attitude of "if it's worth doing at all, it's worth doing in excess," I take digital alteration to bizarre and surreal results. Sometimes the effort is worthwhile.