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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Time and Place: The end is near

click to enlarge March 7, 2009, 2:06 p.m., at Piedmont Road N.E. and Miami Circle N.E.
  • March 7, 2009, 2:06 p.m., at Piedmont Road N.E. and Miami Circle N.E.

This week’s Time and Place photo was taken at Piedmont and Miami Circle on the edge of Buckhead. I was on my way to a photo shoot at a gallery that was closing after more than 30 years of being in business and I saw this man on the corner holding a gigantic sign that said “Going Out of Business…” I pulled over and jumped out of my car and started snapping photos. The words “Final Days” attracted me and the red in the words make the photo jump out. I shot a few different images but ultimately chose this one because it felt direct and, for me, poignant. I have always been deeply inspired by the photography of Garry Winogrand and his ability to make pictures deeper and more profound then the moments in which they occurred. Winogrand said in a 1982 interview with Bill Moyers, “When I'm photographing, I see life. That's what I deal with. I don't have pictures in my head. I frame in terms of what I want to include, and naturally, when I want to snap the shutter. And I don't worry about how the picture's gonna look — I let that take care of itself. We know too much about how pictures look and should look, and how do you get around making those pictures again and again. It's one modus operandi. To frame in terms of what you want to have in the picture, not about how — making a nice picture. That, anybody can do.”

See a couple more photos from this series after the jump.

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(Photos by Joeff Davis)

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