Saturday, January 22, 2011


I'm not a person of favorites but I do have a favorite photograph and a favorite photographer. This post is about my favorite photograph. The strange thing is that I don't have any other definite favorites. I don't have just one favorite restaurant, I have the restaurant that I like in a specific style. I don't have a specific favorite band, I have a hand full of bands that I really like. That list of bands is consistently changing. I used to ask, "what CD are you currently listening to?" That would tell a lot about a persons taste in music, but now in the "age of technology" we listen to digital music. Everyone seems to listen to everything on their iPod or favorite digital music player (I can't be one sided, there are other great players out there....yea right!). Side note, I love me some vinyl, it has changed my view and interaction with music. Movies, people can talk about this one forever, I could not put together a top 10 of my favorite movies. Aright, so on to my favorite photograph. It was take by Danny Lyon in 1966 while he was traveling with the Chicago Outlaw Motorcycle Club.

He described this collection of photographs as, "an attempt to record and glorify the life of the American bikerider." Why do I like the image so much? That is a tough question to answer. There is something in the photo that draws me. It's not just what he portrayed visually through the lens but the emotion and feeling in the image. If I had to pin it on something, I would say that it targets the part of my personality that enjoys the adventure of life.

Every time I go home I am reminded of this photograph. This past Christmas I decided to try and recreate this photograph. I only had my iPhone and one chance to get a shot with no cars around. I didn't want to turn around or wait for the trip home. This was taken on the bridge between Kentucky and Indiana that spans the Ohio River. Like I said, while I'm driving on the bridge, I only think about that photo. I think I did a ok job at recreating it.

If you have a favorite photography, I would love to hear about it!


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