Friday, April 11, 2008
Hopper, Kerouac and the Zeitgeist of Solitude
My friend sent me an article on Edward Hopper the other day. He highlighted the parts about solitude and loneliness and connected it to the road photos I have on F Blog. Looking back, I realize how much the zeitgeist of the era had entered into my photos. I have a difficult time doing "happy." When I photograph people at occasions, the photographs look worse than amateurish. Most times, when I photograph people being happy, there is some dark aspect to the picture.
I can't find faces today that look as solemn as I photographed when I was young. I find tortured and miserable faces of the wretched and poor, but the middle class have adopted a Spring Break look, smiling big orthodontic smiles, waving arms and hoisting glasses, mugging for the camera like Paris Hilton or an American Idol. Different zeitgeist.
I love Hopper, but I had never connected his vision to Kerouac's writings or Frank's photography. I am just stupid, I guess. Hopper. I feel that in my bones. I will go out with my camera again and look for something. Maybe this is the breakthrough I needed. A mission and a vision. A philosophy.