Listen to what is NOT happening

The grass and the trees keep growing, the river flows by at its own steady pace . . .

… even where economic crisis has slowed the growth of high rise developments and the social fabric that was hoped would grow up around them …

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A “quiet” photograph?

Is this a quiet photograph?

It is ‘quieter’ than my usual style of street photography. It is not as clear or graphic as some of my topographic images. The light is rather special. What difference does that make?

The place was quite quiet. Quieter than earlier in the day. Quieter than the developers would have hoped it would be when they built it less than a decade ago.

The image is quieter than the images which, five years ago, I imagined I would be taking in this newly developed area of the inner city. It is also quieter than it might have been if I had not been reading Gerry Badger’s essay on “The Quiet Photograph”.

Is it a quiet photograph?

Does that matter?

Why this blog?

Reading Gerry Badger’s essays in the collection The Pleasure of Good Photographs has been a real pleasure. Discussing some of the essays online in a forum organised by Flak Photo Books and Tom Griggs of http://www.fototazo.com has been a stimulating but also sometimes a frustrating experience. Facebook is simply not suited to discussion. And it makes any kind of authorship very difficult.

So I have started this blog. It may not last very long. But I do want to explore the notion of “the quiet photograph” — in words and images, through practice and through contemplation.

This is a personal exploration. A kind of stock-taking.