Steve from Mendocino
As a toddler, my elder daughter delighted in creating attractive shapes with colored blocks. My approach to photography is equivalent. I walk around my subjects until the elements align in a pleasing composition that’s really as much about shapes as it is about the essence of the subject itself. Black and white can accentuate the graphics of that composition, and, by concentrating on an isolated detail of the subject, once can make the photo pretty much solely about graphics rather than the subject as we think about it. This is what Brett Weston was so good at, and it is what I’ve tried to achieve in this set of pictures. All of these were taken in 1970-71.
This first picture is a burned-out mobile home that I found in a wrecking yard. The richness of the dark textures and their geometry is a favorite of mine. I have a very large print of this one hanging in my kitchen.