It's the journey, not the destination Mel Curtis's thoughts on a life in the world of photography

Life in the World of Commerce

Hey Bobert, How you be? I am doing some house and studio cleaning and getting rid of a lot a stuff, mostly paper in the form of old prints, and projects. Like a copy of an annual report I did in 1996… Anyway I have this box of your prints you sent me and wonder […]

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I Would be so Doomed in Today’s World

  Yes, it is good to see young talent bring their vision of the world through their work. And you are right, photography isn’t dying in the sense that it is going away, but it will probably never be what it was when you and I were coming up through the ranks. It will never […]

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Lock Me in an Old Building

Like you I use the camera to paint as well. I always wanted to be a painter, but also lack the skill. And frankly, think I lack the patience and temperament too. I like the instant aspect of photography. And the ability to capture, there’s that word, information and then interpret that information any way […]

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Beautiful in a Haunting Way

David, Attached is a contact sheet to get you something to look at. The high res files are on my website for you to download. To give you some context of the work, the first 4 images on the contact sheet show the origins of the current project. I have been interested in out of […]

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1960s Cyan Cast Ektachrome Look

Matthew, You raise interesting questions about my older work and how I might bring it to my newer work. For many reasons, is not entirely possible really. My older work was mostly black and white. I saw in black and white. I have lost that ability, or should I said  am rusty at it. I […]

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Homogenous Pile of Sameness

Thank you for the link to the Browness website. It is interesting. At first I was impressed by the thumbnails of the 2019 finalist. Looked like a nice collection of diverse work. But the more I dug in the individuals and their websites, the less impressed I became. Some didn’t even have a website, and […]

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It’s Lonely Out There

Still pretty quiet out there. Still pretty weird. There’s a quiet beauty to it all, but I wish the world would return to normal soon. Whenever that may be.

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Such a Beautiful Spring

Hey John,   Just wondering if you covered the protest yesterday at your state Capitol? Looks like an interesting event. Though I do believe they are a bunch of morons…. I thought it would be a good idea for agent orange to come to Michigan and have maybe 5 or 6 rallies. Gather up the […]

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A Cautious Warning

Hey Martin, Not sure if you are still doing the signage thing, but I thought I might send this along. I made this image out in the Palouse, about 25 years ago. Always thought it was interesting, metaphorically speaking. A road to nowhere, but seemingly pleasant. A battered sign with a cautious warning. Is it […]

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Zombie World

John, I have had thoughts of a zombie world too, but pass them off. I think we are better than that. I think this will pass. But not without great consequences. I think this more like the Spanish Flu. It is odd that growing up I only learned this event in passing, an afterthought in […]

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