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a summer’s day

May 7, 2009











i’ve been daydreaming about summer lately … have you?

today, i wanted to show you some photographs from one of my favorite photographers, joel meyerowitz. these are compiled in his book, “a summer’s day,” which i picked up at a used bookstore years ago. i think i have flipped through this book hundreds of times. it’s a constant source of inspiration for me. meyerowitz was using color photography during a time when it was considered almost “unserious.”

but aside from a technical standpoint, what i like most about meyerowitz’s photos is his unbelievable ability to convey a sense of place, people, and time. for me, the most powerful photographs are those that evoke a sense of place or an aesthetic. i try very hard to do this in my photos, but meyerowitz is a master.

as you can see, i wish i could show you every single page in this book. it’s just brilliant. you can look for this and other meyerowitz books in used bookstores, your library, or online (i don’t think his older books are in print anymore). i think you will like what you see.

meet you here tomorrow for some friday flickr favorites! have a great day.

  1. May 7, 2009 8:11 am

    wow, brian, i love that book. i wonder if he took them all over the course of a single day?

  2. May 7, 2009 8:13 am

    Oh my…this makes me excited to go to our vacation spot in a few weeks. My favorite is the clothing line pic.

  3. May 7, 2009 8:30 am

    his work is truly wonderful… thanks for sharing!

  4. May 7, 2009 8:49 am

    i need this book.

  5. May 7, 2009 9:04 am

    charlotte, i think the photos were taken at different times, but in the book he arranges them so that they span a summer’s day. it’s really amazing – the light changes, the weather changes (an afternoon thunderstorm rolls through) … so good.

  6. poetryinpictures permalink
    May 7, 2009 9:20 am

    I love this book! This is really a great inspirational book. One more week to check out our favourite spot up north and maybe take some pics. I haven’t been inspired and this book sure did it. Thanks for sharing it in here.

  7. May 7, 2009 10:01 am

    those are really great photos, i’ve never heard of meyerowitz. i’ll have to hunt it down! also, thanks for promoting used bookstores and libraries!!

  8. May 7, 2009 10:33 am

    Beautiful, beautiful. Those make me completely homesick. Thank you for the always great recommendations.

  9. marthasnail permalink
    May 7, 2009 10:44 am

    i’m speechless. beautiful.

  10. May 7, 2009 12:11 pm

    Wow. This is one of my very favorite photo books. I found a copy in a used bookstore in Paradise, CA a few years ago and it’s really the one book I return to over and over again.

  11. May 7, 2009 12:12 pm

    I’m with Shari. Totally speechless. Those photos make me want summer so badly that it hurts a little.

  12. May 7, 2009 12:51 pm

    Do you know where the photos were taken? Maybe all different places as well as times? The third one reminds me of the Outer Banks… :)

  13. May 7, 2009 7:18 pm

    all of these photos are so warm.
    i know that sounds lame…but they are!
    nothing else to say except thank you for sharing….

  14. May 7, 2009 8:03 pm

    so gorgeous! i must find this book. such a simple and wonderful idea. i can definitely see the influence in your work.

  15. May 8, 2009 12:22 am

    I completely like what I’m seeing…a definite treasure.

  16. May 8, 2009 7:47 am

    thank you for the discovery!

  17. May 11, 2009 8:57 am

    what a wonderful book!

  18. May 22, 2009 10:21 pm

    i had to do a double take – image #4 is one of my former brides! they used that book as their guestbook. her daughter certainly looks just like her. :)

    beautiful images, and i loved the rest of your blog as well :) i’ll be keeping up for sure!

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