Photograph #65 Red Butte RevisitedAugust 3rd, 2010
I was not too happy
With the earlier work on Red Butte. When I got back to the studio that day, I experienced the awful moment that every artist knows, when all the work seems drab and void. As the images came up on my monitor, they seemed nothing at all like I had envisioned.
Still, the work I post here is supposed to be unfinished; rough drafts, and I had committed myself to posting one of the photographs I made that morning, and so I did, despite my misgivings. I was surprised that some people thought it was worthy.
When today I looked again at that morning’s work, I was intrigued to find it was suddenly better! Every artist has that moment, too, when the work that seemed so awful and trite suddenly emerges with new and stronger meaning. I’m still not too happy with #63. Its gesture is restricted; it’s not — how to say this? — bouncy enough.
So, I offer this piece. I think it’s better.