point of departure

Ralph Gibson, my favorite photographer, worked for both Dorothea Lange and Robert Franks, not too shabby. In showing some of his early photos to Lange, she remarked that he didn’t seem to have any “point of departure” in his photography, meaning no starting point or overriding connective theme to the series of photos he showed her. He went on to self publish three books that were combined later into what was called, The Black Trilogy, my favorite photo book. All of these books had their own concept or theme that he tried to depict through mostly unrelated images.

It seems that I rarely have a specific concept or theme, that point of departure, when creating my zines. Clearly the last zine had that going for it, with the random combining of words, but it is the exception I think.

I have mostly been just shooting at random lately, trying out different lenses or different effects. I have some words, but I’m not sure what sort of images I want to pair with them. I seem to be waiting for the point of departure to be revealed to me. Here are some of those recent shots.

Thanks for looking in. Cheers!

3 thoughts on “point of departure

  1. The concept of a point of departure also suggests a journey, and eventually a place of arrival. If that half of the equation is unknown, we take a leap of faith, being ok enough in the not knowing. That ambiguity (is there a destination? Does it matter? What if we are hopelessly lost but making great time?!) is a fun yet terrifying and challenging path, a fascinating, ongoing discussion. Thanks for reminding us, Chuck.


    1. Thanks for the comment, Wendy. My first reaction to the the concept, that I chose to leave alone in the post proper, is that this assumes that the linear nature of time even exists in the first place, that there is some sort of journey, that there is a past and future. And to your question, no I don’t think it matters. What’s happening is whatever I am doing right now, and right now.


      1. I agree, yes, thank you for elaborating; it becomes somewhat easier over time to accept. In moments of calm and clarity I believe this is the best way to navigate our work and our days.


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