Back East; New Images From Familiar Territory Page 2
If there's part of you that relishes that kind of challenge, you've
got the advantage over me: you get the challenge of the unknown without the
pressure of the business. My advice: embrace the unknown. Thirty years ago I
was afraid of it, but all my successes--and even the failures--have
taught me that being a little insecure, a little fearful, is a good thing.
Finally, what also works for me is the thought that even though I've been here before, there's a good chance I'm going to see something I never saw--and I'm going to figure out how to capture it. Or I'm going to see something familiar and think of a way to photograph it that'll make it different and better.
The photos here indicate one way in which I'm doing things a little differently. My most recent images from China are, I think, marked with a directness, a simplicity, even an elegance that goes beyond what I've done before. These are still, calm, and thoughtful images. I don't think I change my esthetic from country to country--first of all, it's not an easy thing to do!--but there are subtle changes that take place that reflect my surroundings.
I hope these pictures from China show you more than what I see; I hope they convey what I feel. There's a great advantage to returning to a place you have deep feelings for--it's where you'll find your best pictures.
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