I have two web presences, namely, this blog and davidroddis.com, and I treat them in different ways.
This blog is my just-out-of-bed, messy hair presence. The place where I pull on some shorts and a T-shirt and kick back. It’s very much a place for experiments and trying out new ideas. Now, don’t get me wrong – everything here is thought through. Duds don’t make it past the post, and whatever images I present here I believe have some merit.
Take the image above, for example. Those who know me and my work know that I love to shoot against light so that the image is somewhat or even entirely blown-out (blasted with light so that there is little, or no, detail remaining in some sections). Photography is ALL about light, after all. And photography requires an “eye” and a certain amount of bravery in making choices, often very fast ones. What you include and what you exclude matter.
So I like the above image for its balance – the upward sweep of the colorful dahlias is accentuated by the tall glass vase, and is balanced out by the twirling tendrils of the clematis in the right foreground, more earthbound in their stoneware jug
I like this image, but I don’t love it. It’s a little too mundane. A little too everyday. I would never seriously entertain the thought that anyone would, for example, purchase this image for their wall or to gaze at’ or that anyone would have their worldview challenged or changed by it. But I’ve included it here as part of a process of play and discovery. It’s nice enough, and that’s flat. Poor little mundane image, it’s doing its best!
I’ve spoken about this distinction before: it’s snapshots vs. photographs. Remember?
My web presence at davidroddis.com is a whole different ballgame. It’s exclusively for the winners. You’ll never see me there in less than my Sunday best, and I think of it as a job interview – I sell my work there and it had better be dressed up, too.
But just as the Polaroid shot often contained a keeper, my quick takes and off-the-cuff snaps often yield interesting results. So here are some dahlia shots that I feel inclined to share, without apology. Some of them might even be the floral versions of Lana Turner, waiting patiently here, at my virtual Schwab’s Drugstore soda fountain, to be discovered. Time will tell.
What do you think?