Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Looking At Great Work

I spent some time this afternoon at the Breuer extension of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It's the old Whitney Museum building. There's an exhibit of the early work of Diane Arbus. I was curious to see the work because so many of her later works have become established as icons of quasi-documentary work from the late '50's and '60's. It was refreshing to see works by her that are so unknown. Her work so reminded me of Garry Winogrand's from around the same time. Arbus went out to explore the world around her and shot, shot, and shot. Everything and everyone. Just like Winogrand did. Looking at her work reminded me of my early days shooting film with my Leicas. And I was excited to hit the street for the rest of the afternoon. Not with the intention of looking for great pictures, or the perfect shot of the day. But to just go out to shoot - and let my instincts take over, trust my intuition. I walked down Lexington ave, across 47th street, and down Seventh ave to Penn Station. It felt wonderful.