Favorite Finds | 28 | Alec Soth

Thursday, January 16, 2014









There are so many types of photography to love from beautiful landscapes, to food, fashion, street, architectural, family, and, well the list is almost endless really. I can admire and appreciate all across the spectrum, but the photography that has always deeply resonated with me are photographs that seem to capture a hidden moment in time, one you might walk right past and not think about, but if you take a snapshot of that moment, or of a person within a moment, you can see there is a story. Somewhere there is a past and within a second after the image is taken the present unfolds right into the future, but you know neither, just this one second that is frozen in time is all you see. You can feel the movement and energy around it, yet everything is standing still in silence. For me it's more visceral in that it beckons you to know the story within it, in and around it, or to make up a story because it invites you to wonder, maybe for days or even years what exactly was going on in that image before or after it was taken. These photos from Alec Soth evoke that wonderment in me and I just find them to be so beautiful. This is just a small sample, to see more (there is a wide range, though, to me they all have a similar feel to them) definitely click on the link. Do you have a favorite photographer or style of photography?

15 comments:

  1. i can see what you mean about this photographer capturing a moment. my favorite photographer is steve mccurry, and he captures the most beautiful portraits of people. i don't know how he does it, but his portraits capture the souls through peoples eyes, people that aren't models, with the body language that tells a story, and the most perfect background composition, and it all comes together to be poetry.

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    1. i almost referenced him in this post but then i thought that would add a whole paragraph i didn't really want to write ;) but yes, i thought about that famous image of the girl from Afghanistan and how that still, today, stays with people.

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  2. you're right, these are absolutely beautifully captured moments.
    my favorite type of photography is one that feels like it transports you to a different place, be it real or fictional. i love looking at art and feeling like i can dive into it.

    Molly {Dreams in HD}
    http://www.dreamsinhd.blogspot.com

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  3. You nailed exactly why I love photography as an art form: it is literally one single second (and if we're being technical, the shutter speed is usually a shorter portion of that second ;) of one single moment in one single place in the world. It's almost micro-documentation, and it becomes a historical record immediately. I love it. I've always loved it. Even when I get angry that it was basically an unemployable major in college, I still love it, haha.
    As for favorites, oooh I can't pick. Right now I'm in a real Eugene Atget burst. J got me a beautiful book of his photographs of old Paris (1890s-1900s) for Christmas, and it's a joy to look through. My favorite photo book of all time might be a re-photography study an American photographer made, doing a side-by-side comparison of a Eugene Atget photo and a photograph of the same location in present day. It's wild. I love re-photography. I even did my senior thesis on it, a study of old Philadelphia archive photos and visited the locations to shoot what is there now, 100+ years later. xo

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    1. ha, i thought about writing nano second but then maybe that's too short ;) oooh, eugene atget. i'd say his images, or the ones i have seen are similar, just harken from a different time. but they have that same fly on a wall feeling. very haunting. that book sounds amazing! i wish i could come over and look at it with you! xo

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  4. i know. i think when we caught someone doing something when she/he thinks no one is looking is the most intimate moment strangers can be?

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    1. it is. it's just such a reminder of our shared humanity. no matter how different a person may look from you, you want to connect and know their story. such a powerful thing.

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  5. I just love the haunting quality of this work. It reminds me of Brian Ferry of The Blue Hour (did you showcase him awhile back or was that someone else?), and his work is someone's I love. It's that sense of someone just having walked out of the room that is so compelling.

    I struggle with knowing what my favorite type of photography is, really. And it's probably why it's been so hard for me to pin down what I love to shoot. I'm still working to find my path, I guess. ;)

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    1. I had this on my blog a couple weeks ago http://www.theplumednest.com/2014/01/takeout.html

      you know, now that I am thinking of it, if your work reminded me of someone it would be his. the colors it might be. and perspectives. and it might be hard to pin down what you love to shoot but from my vantage point you have your own voice and style for sure. which i love. i love your photos! xo

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  6. I always love either life photography or sort of staged life. I love how moody and almost nostalgic.. and love that girls winged eye makeup :)

    PS did you see.. blue skies today?

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    1. oh blue skies! it's been awhile. but with the blue skies we get the cold. and apparently fog. so much fog this year!

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  7. What beautiful photography - seems to tell a story with each image.

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  8. I know exactly what you mean. fantastic photos!!!

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