With all of this said and understood, there are things apart from the wine trail that tug on me hard. Today it really hit home when I watched a short film about Joel Meyerowitz. He is a street photographer and these films, one when he was in his 40’s and a recent one (which can been seen here until November 10th - password: joelmeyerowitz01).
I’d heard about him; probably saw him on the streets of Manhattan a time or two. Or paths haven’t crossed purposefully, although we have some of the same influences, Robert Frank, among them. The difference is Joel has devoted his life to photography, and to a large extent, street photography. I on the other hand, have kept my little obsession under wraps.
It really has been Italy, and specifically Palermo, where my love for street photography has been projected. I love nothing better than to take an hour or two and wander. In the past, it might have been with a handful of film. Now it is endless. I’m not really shooting any differently, though. I’m looking, but for what I do not know. But I’ll know it when I see it. This last trip to Palermo, I maybe got one or two good shots, maybe. Out of hundreds.
Other cities, New York, LA, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Palm Springs (not really a city - see below), Dallas, New Orleans, Rome, Paris, Milan, Venice, Frankfurt, Cartagena, Auckland. Every time just an hour or so to wander and look for something decisive.
Next year marks the beginning and the end of something in my life. In 1965 I took up photography and photography took me around the world over and over again. It seems wherever I have been I have been there with my camera. Not an iPhone or an Android, but a real dedicated instrument for the purpose of recording visual moments in time. 50 years, five decades. Next year starts decade number six. In the next twenty years I look forward to working though the first 50 years of images in the catalog and making even more. I love wine and the wine business, but when wine isn’t enough, I have the streets. And that makes me very, very happy.
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