Right on Toby Jurovics!

For the third year in a row, I am honored to have made the Photo Review’s annual competition issue. This year’s judge was Toby Jurovics, curator of photography at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. The piece that made it in was a panoramic holga shot of writer William Faulkner’s home, Rowan Oak, in Oxford, Georgia.

Just to illustrate how subjective photography is, this same body of work, which I was describing to a curator recently, was dubbed, “gimmicky,” sight-unseen mind-you, I was merely using words to describe the photos, when I was rudely interrupted with the G-word. Holga-users take note: when describing the use of a holga to potential curators call it poor-girls Hassy, that may fool them. Now I’m not saying it’s not, and I’m not saying it is gimmicky, but what I would argue to the death is that any photo-technique can be seen as gimmicky, tilt-shift focus, photoshop-added burned-in borders, saturated digital colors, and over-the-top artist statements: pick your poison! Let’s face it the photo scene is rife with gimmicks. Full of P.T. Barnums and naked emperors, we are as bad a lot of mongrels as ever scoured the earth looking for our prey. Shoot for yourself!!!

But I digress, here is my photo, gimmicks and all:

William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak, Oxford, MS, 2007

William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak, Oxford, MS, 2007

Thank you Toby J., now can we talk acquisition????

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