Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age 3rd Edition

August 16th, 2018

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hirsch

Recently the third edition of this textbook was issued. In it is one of the last images I made in the body of work called Return Trips.http://www.beanettles.com/works/returntrips/. The image is Hole (2005) and this is what I wrote about it: “These photographic composites deal with the poetic impact of certain landscapes and aspects of classical architecture and art history on my life, and how these influences continue to remain in memory, resurfacing at unexpected moments. My photographs are autobiographical and represent my effort to clarify, to find meaning and significance in daily existence. Here, I was undergoing chemotherapy. Often epiphanies occur while traveling, as I try to locate related images that express my feelings about particular landscapes. Sometimes these photographs are taken on separate visits, thus the name of the series, Return Trips. I am fascinated by the way photographs that are placed in proximity can become a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts.”