The Accumulation Revealed, Part Deux (Point Quatre)

This will be the last “Part Deux” posting, as it represents the last batch of photos from this particular trip.

We’re back to the Leica & Summitar combination here. All together I selected eighteen photos out of somewhere around 180. This was not a predetermined ratio, but rather the result of a fairly lengthy culling process that pared it down first to somewhere around 30-35 photos, then into successively smaller groups until I felt it was as tight as I could make it and still preserve the integrity of the group.

I confess I am a bit curious about how this selection comes across to other viewers. Recognizing that, without seeing the photos that didn’t make the final cut, it’s hard to make an informed judgement, I nonetheless would be interested to hear your impressions. Do the photos work together as a group? In other words, do they help you to form an overall impression of the places and times depicted? Do they produce an emotional response as a group? Are there any photos that you feel could be removed from the final selection?

The Accumulation Revealed, Part Deux (Point Deux)

I didn’t think the title of this through as carefully as I should have.

In any case, this is the second batch of photos that I set up in the previous post. The remainder will be up in coming days.

The Accumulation Revealed, Part Deux

New year, old photos.

As noted earlier, even during my hiatus I still took some photos when on vacation. Unsurprisingly, being away from places frequented with monotonous regularity seemed to help me again start looking carefully at what was around, allowing the chance for making photographs that might prove interesting. One of those holidays involved a cruise encompassing New England and Nova Scotia. Being aboard ship certainly provided some unusual photographic opportunities.

I had the Minox 35ML with me for color, as you might assume given the last few posts here, and I also brought along one of the Leica IIIcs with the Summitar 50/2 attached. The latter is just a classic rig, and it’s so easy to work with that it helps to maximize the chance that I might get what I’m after on film. The lens is really a lovely thing; I tend to shoot it around f/4 to f/5.6 to take advantage of its character without making everything look like it was shot by some jackass with an iPhone who just discovered selective focus and is blurring everything beyond recognition.

Looking at these photos now – many months after they were taken – I have some definite thoughts about them and how I shot them. I am not going to tell you what they are. To do so would prejudice the way you see them, and I have no desire to do that. Look at them and make your own judgements.

I spent a good but of time culling the selection down (there were three or four rolls of B&W film, and another of color in the Minox). Editing a group of photos is one of the more difficult tasks photographers face, and one that I’m trying to be more rigorous about. It’s a struggle to set aside a photo you like, but it’s more important to recognize it for both its objective individual quality and its value within a cohesive group of photos.

As a result the final cut is a fairly small selection, but I will post them in a few small batches rather than all at once. No point in a mass dumping of photos where things all muddle together. Perhaps once they’re all out there I’ll put them into the gallery. Or not.