“…no photographic treatment of any place will ever be truthful…” That quote is from a recent blog post by Joerg Colberg and he was prompted to write on this topic because of the bruhaha over how some of photographer Stacy Kranitz’s work was shown by CNN. There is more on this at John Wall’s blog, Southern Photography The subject is extremely interesting, and it came up for me again as I was going through the photos I had made this past Monday while driving to and from Tallahassee.
The drive is a very pleasant one, on a four lane divided highway with low to modest traffic. What I really treasure about the drive is the green scenery through which the highway winds most of the way. What is interesting about it and why I love photographing along the way is that many of the infrequent structures and small towns along the way have changed little in the last few decades. Many of them have simply decayed. Of course there are new ones, but for the most part they have simply added to a jumbled strip-mall atmosphere wherever they happen to be.
I do feel that my interest in the older, often crumbling structures, and my resulting photographs pretty accurately describe the feeling and atmosphere along this stretch of highway, but I won’t vouch for their truthfulness. However, if nothing else, I always want to keep that dialog going in my mind whenever I am photographing.