Ready made compositions – William Garnett

Amazing beautiful photographs below – attributed to William Garnett for a story in Fortune – “From Baton Rouge to the Gulf” – Jan 1961.

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“From Baton Rouge to the Gulf” – photograph by William Garnett for Fortune – Jan 1961

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“From Baton Rouge to the Gulf” – photograph by William Garnett for Fortune – Jan 1961

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“From Baton Rouge to the Gulf” – photograph by William Garnett for Fortune – Jan 1961

And this ….
Rabbit and Cattle Tracks, Carrizo Plain, California – William Garnett
More about William Garnett on the Getty….
What is fascinating to me is the amount of “trace” information contained in these photographs – at one level the photographs reveal (record) formal patterns arising due to some form of action – movement process – in the first three images – having to do with processing chemicals at industrial scale plants – in the forth example, something of “nature”.  The photos themselves are not really “explaining” anything – but you might begin to infer something spending the time “reading” the information they contain…   Also of note is the unusual effect of the aerial view – an altogether different vantage point – allowing us to perhaps imagine the forest for the trees…

Image by Richard Freestone

Image by Richard Freestone

Natural Fictions – Exhibition by Richard Freestone

Richard Freestone

LONDON, ENGLAND.-The Association of Photographers
Gallery, London, presents Natural Fictions – Exhibition by photographer
Richard Freestone, on view through November 12, 2005. Freestone explores
the creative scope of cutting edge digital technology through
beautifully tactile images of flora. The work on display in ‘Natural
fictions’ has an elegant translucence that draws in the viewer and
allows you to marvel at the beauty of nature.
While, for Richard Freestone, this is a retrospective exhibition
celebrating 15 years as a professional photographer, it is also a
celebration of digital photography. Freestone’s more recent images form
a growing body of work entitled ‘Natural Fictions’. With the subject
matter primarily nature’s forms, abstracted to reveal graphic beauty, it
was photographer (and Freestone’s old college tutor) John Blakemore who
coined the fiction part of the title.
Photographing flowers has always been a personal passion of Freestone’s,
akin to Robert Mapplethorpe, who photographed flowers to clear his mind
and prepare himself for photographing people.
“I am particularly fascinated by tulips. The way their petals intensify
in colour as they dry and shrivel. The sinuous curves of their stems as
they droop.” Enthuses Richard.
Richard Freestone is absorbed with digital photography – never before
having had such image making facilities, saying “I can now put on paper
what my imagination creates”. Hence the fiction series, which developed
around a desire to produce images that are perfectly symmetrical.