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Santa Anita Park and the Struggles of Authorship

October 16, 2017

I have been shooting at Santa Anita park for almost 3 years, telling everyone it's part of a long term project about the place and it's people. But to be honest, I have no idea what I am going to do with the photos. I don't have a strong opinion to voice or a theme to convey, I only have those afternoons, about 2 hours at a time, wandering around suburban Los Angeles looking to emotion in the people trying to win money. This is something I have struggled with for as long as I have been taking photos, the concept of authorship. I read a good interview with Magnum photographer David Allen Harvey, where he describes his approach to young photographers. Basically, the education I had in visual arts school, was all around the technical. And now that the technical is no longer a hurdle for most, the authorship, having something to say, becomes much more important than being able to take a nice image. I feel this is the largest problem with Street Photography today, nobody is saying anything. I see on Instagram and on Flickr photos that have thousands of reposts, thousands of comments and likes about how beautiful or emotional it is, and the subject of the photograph is walking on a sidewalk, or going through a cool shadow. This is so frustrating! It says nothing, means nothing and is SO BORING. Modern street photography, the majority of amateur street photography out there is so boring. But then, who am I to say that? I'm not adding anything to the conversation either. I guess that's the struggle of being an artist and trying to find a voice. Though I do count myself as ahead of the curve, at least I know that I don't have a voice yet. Below are some of my Santa Anita photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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