"Ansel Adams--when you first get started, he's always there. Sally Mann's
new work is really interesting. Also Joyce Tenneson."
"These two images are from a series I started on my own. People often
see a picture or a portrait, walk by and think, nice portrait, or nice
picture, and they keep moving. I'm trying to get them to stop and think,
but what they think is up to them. I don't want to make them think anything
in particular. Sometimes I scratch the negatives, or use tissue paper
or even wax paper in the enlarger."
"The man was running in a charity race. He's almost 80 years old, and
I was trying to pull out what he was feeling while running. The woman
modeled for our class, and the work I did on the photo was inspired by
a short story by Gabriel Garcia Marquez called The Incredible and Sad
Tale of Innocent Erendira and Her Heartless Grandmother. Whenever you
take a picture there's something going on among the photographer, the
subject, and the viewer--there's a little triangle of emotions there and
I'm trying to get people to think about that."
Jeff Ashbaugh was recommended
to us by professor Kim Mosley, art program coordinator and photography
coordinator at St. Louis Community College.
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