Photo of the Week 45

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Greg Neville, Wall face, 2014

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Saint Lucy

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Saint Lucy is a photo media website for writing about photography and contemporary art. It has pages for interviews, for writing, for portfolios, it’s an excellent forum for speculating about photography.

The site is run by Mark Alice Durant, an artist, writer and curator who is also a Professor in the Department of Visual Art at the University of Maryland. In his spare moments he teaches at the International Center of Photography in New York.

One page on the site hosts single pictures accompanied by a paragraph of writing in response. It’s called One Picture/One Paragraph, a neat idea as it draws out thoughts and ideas in simple ways, many of them personal.

My picture is a 100 hundred year old postcard I own with the written message on the back as my paragraph. It’s that photo of the arch in the image above – you can see it here. Neither the picture nor the photograph are my own work, but if you have a look, you’ll see why I chose it.

Finally, why the name Saint Lucy? She is the patron saint of the blind and the protector of sight. The name Lucy is derived from Lux, the Latin word for light.

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Mirrors and windows 2

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Greg Neville, Hommage to Lee in black & white

A sort-of self-portrait made on the street in a shop window. The original is in colour but as a monochrome it more closely resembles the inspiration for it, the self-portraits of Lee Friedlander. He has made many such photographs on the street using shadows and reflections.

My favourite is ‘New Orleans, Louisiana 1978’, where he aimed directly into a shop window showing his silhouetted reflection, the street behind him, and a tiny mirror inside the shop with his reflected form positioned over his heart. It’s a neat composition and it has that dry visual wit he’s so good at. That man behind him always reminded me of the waiting figure of Death in an early episode of The Twilight Zone.

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Lee Friedlander, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1978

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My photograph tries the same trick and even has a couple of extra versions of me. How did I do, Lee?.