Thankfully – miraculously – I still have the energy, curiosity, and perseverance that I had when I was a twenty-something, self-taught photographer during the mid-1960s. Now, almost 67, my “modus operandi” remains unchanged.
I still think in terms of visual stories that would be fun to show and tell. My ideas still come from some magical inner source; but there’s a wellspring right in front of us everyday – in newspapers, television, the Internet, and on the street. There’s a story everywhere.
Telling them, showing them is our personal challenge.
Maybe the venues have changed through the years; online z-magazines, blogospheres and websites have replaced many of the traditional printed publications to show photography.
Nonetheless, as storytellers, we photographers need to see and think outside of the box to show our images. One unique photographer thinks out of this planet.
Jerry Uelsmann, 77, recently spoke at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, where his exhibition, “The Mind’s Eye: 50 years of Photography,” is on display through June 30, 2012.
Developing Photo Ideas:
Where Do They Come From?
By Mark Chester
Jerry Uelsmann at PEM with Self-Portrait 2012 Copyright © Mark Chester
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