When I’ve taken classes from the wonderful Sam Abell, he always speaks of the use of internal framing to make photographs more layered and more interesting. Although he was really encouraging more subtle uses of internal framing, sometimes there is a flagrant example. Like right here.

(Maybe all photographers are like this – the scene as they saw and photographed it seems like it’ll be there forever, unchanged, as though the photograph became the scene. I am that way, so when I passed through this town a week after I made this photo, I was very disappointed that the machinery had vanished.)

Yeso, New Mexico
photographed 3.14.2019

Posted on April 1, 2019, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I love the photo, AND the text. Your disappointment – it’s a thing about time, too, and images that are burned into our retinas, and stay there. Stopping time.


    • Yes – they do stop time.

      I never really intended my work to be of historical significance, and still have a hard time thinking that could be a possibility, but an astonishing number of the places I’ve photographed have disappeared over the decade that I’ve been doing this. It is an unsettling feeling every time I go past one of those locations.


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