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Not in the mood…

I’m not in the mood really… Tried to revive the Chom Chao story, with the closing of factories in mind. But the enthusiasm is gone for now. And I keep going to the same places instead of exploring new areas… Must be tired. (VIJ2009016)

I will be without Internet connection until monday night: going to Kep, work on the Kampot pepper harvest.

CAMBODIA. Chom Chao, Phnom Penh. 6/03/2009: Cheap accomodation for garment factory workers in the vicinity of their work.

15 Responses to “Not in the mood…”

  1. well, even for a tired guy, you sure do get consistantly interesting stuff…and funny, i’m pretty energetic too (photographically and writing-wise speaking) but your output makes me feel lazy…i still dont know how you do it…is it the M8??;))))


    bobblack - March 6th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

  2. “Your output makes me feel lazy” No kidding! David was writing on burn the other day that he only shows 20 or so pictures a year to his colleagues and has 5 that he’s happy with! I bet that all the multimedia pieces you do require a lot more images than what is usually needed for something like a magazine. Happy returns from your travels.

    Ian - March 6th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

  3. john – thought this might interest you.


    david b - March 7th, 2009 at 12:43 am

  4. David,

    Thanks. It is exactly the kind of approach I try not to have. So I am not really impressed 😉


    Maybe the Magnum photographers should show each other more work! It might put things in perspective sometimes. Anyhow, when I look at the Magnum website, supposed to be the showcase of our production, I often wonder if some of us are working at all…

    john vink - March 7th, 2009 at 3:58 am

  5. 🙂

    ian - March 7th, 2009 at 6:16 am

  6. John :))))…

    I’m constantly shooting and writing too, though you still make me feel lazy ;))))…but i still work as i worked as a painter: every day, and things come in fits and starts and bursts of energy….though, unlike most of the photogs i know, i tend not to ‘advertise’ that too much, instead trying to write for others…and it’s interesting, with magnum, it seems it depends on the photogs…some seem tirelessly working (shooting, writing, teaching, creating, traveling) and others, who knows…but, as a person whose own work schedule is very different than most, it’s critical to not judge….who knows what others are really doing…it doesnt matter anyway…for me, i simply contend with my own work, and not worry about others…

    and still, you make me feel lazy ;)))…or maybe it’s the time teaching that precludes certain things….

    happy u met A :)))


    bobblack - March 7th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

  7. Hi John, do you know the photographer Dan Price? I enjoyed watching this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwCpQKcnObA

    Ian - March 8th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

  8. hmm.. boston globes wire subscription has been better.. true..

    with magnum it seems that once a full member it is up to the photographer whether they produce or not.. as with you bob i am shooting daily although much of my time is currently spent on archiving.. and working on longer term projects as i do i try to only show work to people as i am selling it.. chunk by chunk.. and only showing the ´whole´ in general on completion.. perhaps that is a part of it.

    john and bob.. and ian.. i´d be very interested in any feedback you might have on the book project DAH is helping me with.. i have started a blog about it here..
    .. i´m going to continually update over the next few weeks as david an i get to grips with it.. any initial observations would be appreciated muchly.

    david bowen - March 9th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

  9. David, thank-you for inviting my opinion. I’ll go leave one.

    Ian - March 10th, 2009 at 8:43 am

  10. Bob,

    I’m not judging. Well not really… People are free to do what they want. As long as they let me do what I want…

    As for teaching like you do: I never find the patience to explain to others what is obvious to me. The rare times I did do a workshop I felt all my blood had been sucked out of my body… Find it hard to cope with that drainage… You must be a generous person.


    I took a look at your youtube selection: I found the story idea and its approach very interesting, but thought the pictures were a bit scattered all around, going many directions. They don’t seem to link to each other. Gathering a group of pictures, regardless of their individual qualities, under one title doesn’t make a story. There is no real visual thread here and it makes it hard to grasp the content.


    Dan Price? Saw a minute or so of the film (bandwith!!!!). Yes I like the simple life, but I bet he has no Internet…

    john vink - March 10th, 2009 at 8:59 am

  11. He was a photographer for 10 years with Archive Photos (no longer around), started by a former Magnum member (Harbutt?). I don’t know much of the history there, but I came across him on Flickr. He seems to fund his lifestyle with handmade journals and sponsored travel blogs. http://www.moonlightchronicles.com Anyway, I find the topic of a simple life rejuvenating and it’s charming to see all the adventures he’s had living by his ecological values. Grass is always greener? 😉 Bye for now.

    Ian - March 10th, 2009 at 10:16 am

  12. “I felt all my blood had been sucked out of my body” Ha, ha, I’ve seen that look before. We students are a hungry bunch.

    Ian - March 10th, 2009 at 10:21 am

  13. John ;))…well…yes, kind of generous…and yes, i know that feeling too (blood sucked out)…that’s why i meditate ;))…and spend lots of time alone, or with marina/dima…and work in silence (photos/writing)…and actually stay away (especi8ally after the year of projections) from the photo world….but, well, im wearing of the teaching too ;)))…

    David: if you send me a link (via email) would love to have a look…when dah puts the stuff up, i’ll be there to end any or what little insight i may have :)))


    bobblack - March 10th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

  14. ha – teaching photography as i do can be great..
    students who are there to serve a passion are amazing.. today i am buzzing..
    students who want to make money drag out the dullest of passing comments .. and then there are those who ´sit it out´.. utterly bemuses me.

    many thanks for your quick comment on the youtube thing.. it is interesting, i hope.. and you are right.. the photos for now are scattered although it is getting there.. what i am finding is groups of pictures which really illustrate what i am trying to do.. separate groups of between 4 and 10 which tackle the individual points i need to cover.
    so i am trynig to edit with chapters in mind, although i want the book without chapters i think.. there will need to be some element of randomness i think – a subliminal indication of the utter madness therein perhaps.
    bringing them together now, over the next month, is turning out to be a lot more fun than i had thought and also a lot more of a challenge than first guessed.. you are spot on.. scattered phots under one name remain scattered snaps.. it is getting there though..
    very kind.. many thanks again.

    david bowen - March 10th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

  15. I really like this photograph so much. There’s such feeling and symbolism. It really is wonderful in every way.


    kathleen fonseca - March 22nd, 2009 at 10:24 am