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March 14

March 14, 2013


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Huntington Library & Museum, Pasadena, California.

(I’d like to make more photographs like the photo above.)

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I’m really blown away by veteran photographer Sam Abell’s work and career. Highly recommended: this video and this interview.  Amazing, amazing stuff.

And a photo set here and here. (Thanks to my friend Walter for sharing Sam’s work with me)

  1. March 14, 2013 1:33 pm

    This is indeed a beautiful shot, bringing to mind instant relaxation in the shade of the hot California sun.

    • March 14, 2013 1:39 pm

      It’s always so interesting to hear people’s interpretations of my photos – they are usually quite different from my own thoughts! Thanks.

  2. jenny permalink
    March 14, 2013 3:38 pm

    love this photo and so grateful for your mention of sam abell. his work is astonishingly emotional.
    and it makes perfect sense when you read of his patience and perspective:

    “His process is built on the virtue of patience. He looks for structure in a scene, starting almost with a still-life. He dwells on the parts and composes meticulously. Then he waits.

    Minutes, days, weeks he waits, coming and going for months even, drafting thousands of times in his head or on film the scene unfolding. Finally it comes. He calls that “a breath of life,”— a simple gesture, a gust of wind, a shadow, a sense of mystery that once stilled, creates involvement for the viewer, that ineffable quality of Abell’s work that keeps us looking.”

    whether we are as patient or deliberate as that… that breath of life is what does it, what tells the story, evokes the feeling behind the capture and makes the difference between the gazillions of photos out there and *that one*.
    it is why his work and yours resonate so profoundly.
    thank you.

  3. March 14, 2013 4:03 pm

    Nice. I will be visiting the Huntington Library at the end of this month with camera in hand!

  4. March 15, 2013 5:53 am

    Beautiful shot, beautiful light, indeed. But that chain… and that tiny person make it all turn blue, to me!

  5. March 15, 2013 1:36 pm

    I’d like you to take more like this, too. It’s a beauty, B.

  6. March 16, 2013 12:11 pm


    You were right down the street from my restaurant Fiore Market Cafe. Next time you’re in LA try to stop by.



  7. t.h.murphy permalink
    March 24, 2013 9:01 pm

    A couple of years ago I stumbled onto a copy of Sam Abell’s Life of a Photograph in a shop. I knew nothing about him but was immediately drawn to the images. Beautiful. It’s one of those books I go back to repeatedly for inspiration. Thanks for posting.

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