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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Nadvornick View Post
    While he may have been adept at deciding where to set down a tripod—and the resulting photographs are indeed fascinating documents—I'm not so sure the "artiness" of his task was uppermost in his mind at the time.
    That's exactly what makes it work, IMHO. As a lifelong American West denizen and an inveterate desert rat, I recognize O'Sullivan's landscapes as "home" in a way that's missing in much of the more "artified" work of photographers like AA. O'Sullivan's West is dry, dirty, and tough; so is the one I know. I recognize the big Grand Landscapes are there, of course, but to my eye the f/64 approach romanticizes them and loses some reality.

    Looking at those images makes me want to shove off from work and head out to the Salton Sea with a camera.

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    Thanks really enjoyed them.

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    It's funny how Europeans want to visit the American west after watching spaghetti westerns - filmed in Spain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ntenny View Post
    That's exactly what makes it work, IMHO. As a lifelong American West denizen and an inveterate desert rat, I recognize O'Sullivan's landscapes as "home" in a way that's missing in much of the more "artified" work of photographers like AA. O'Sullivan's West is dry, dirty, and tough; so is the one I know. I recognize the big Grand Landscapes are there, of course, but to my eye the f/64 approach romanticizes them and loses some reality.

    Looking at those images makes me want to shove off from work and head out to the Salton Sea with a camera.

    -NT
    Agreed, %100. I for a long time search out the AA look, then realized it doesn't reflect what is real and moving for me here in the West. I like no clouds in the skies sometimes, because often times, that's how it looks. Bleak, dry, nada.

    Now I need to go crawl under a rock again.
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    Thanks for the link. I really enjoyed it. Those old pics always have really light skys because of the blue sensitivity of old plates.
    "Photography, like surfing, is an infinite process, a constantly evolving exploration of life."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainecoonmaniac View Post
    Thanks for the link. I really enjoyed it. Those old pics always have really light skys because of the blue sensitivity of old plates.
    You can see it in the skin tones, too. I'm pretty sure the Paiute and Navajo subjects weren't nearly as dark-skinned as they appear.

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