Saturday, June 8, 2013

Homage to Eggleston

I struggle with liking William Eggleston at times. The oft touted master of early color photography is, after all, someone we are supposed to like, right? And i do indeed like a number of his works. I'm just not sure that i would consider him (or anyone for that matter) the "World's Greatest Photographer".
There is no denying, however, that he has had an impact on our seeing, or at least mine, in some regard. So it would have been impossible for me not to be fully conscious as i took this photograph of the influences leveled upon its creation by the dear Mr. Eggleston.
©David Sorcher 2012

David's home in PEI had been abandoned since his accidental drowning death in Papua New Guinea on Halloween, 2010. My wife and i met with his brother and sister to see what personal items remained in his house that could or should be salvaged before the property reverted to the province and all was sold or lost.

©David Sorcher 2012

David was a wanderer and seemed always to be on the move, either from one side of the continent to the other or, as on his last travels, to the other side of the world and New Guinea. Still he had this home and, for shorter journeys, the RV. 

©David Sorcher 2012

Ancient letters haunt the window sill in the bedroom. They seem older than David's story, perhaps belonging to different ghosts of another time. 

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