Communication through photographs is at best a real problem. The medium is colder than ice. Gone is the hand that made the image. Gone are the reasons that forced the image into existence.
But, it is a democratic medium. For the cost of a camera and (perhaps) no talent, anyone can make an image that pleases them. This was especially true in 2014, when a camera-phone (think about the concept of a camera in a phone before computers) is just about in anyone's reach.
The photographs here are particularly daring (or stupid, I can't decide which). They are simply images that strike me, culled from a few thousand 'travel' photographs. I have no idea if they are 'any good', or if that even matters. I hope that they communicate, but I am not even sure how they communicate to me. The strike me. They last with me. To say that they 'haunt' me is too strong, but it is something like that.
Some of the photographs I am not even sure I like. The woman with her back to the camera is one example. Through months of culling, that image just kept sneaking back in to the 'best' pile.
Observer, Fort Louisbourg, Nova Scotia
Embrace, Denver, Colorado
Couple, Gooseberry Falls, Minnesota
2 (1) photograph(s) of animals. Dog in classic pose. A few photographs back from this one is a woman laying on the beach (second small image at right). This was the image I thought would last through the edits, but it didn't.
Dog, Mahoney Beach, Nova Scotia
Mural, Lost Nation, Iowa
World War I Memorial, Kansas City, Kansas
1 photograph of a gesture. Okay, there is more than one, and this one is like the family one above in that it thrives on the concept of 'tourism'. Nature itself is not much fun. Cutting your way through forests wondering where dinner will come from. But nature with a path is great. Especially when you know dinner and a nice bed is near. Oh, and the gesture... well, you can see that yourself. Slightly off, slightly askew, slightly obscured. Keep on Trucking for the 21st Century.
Walker, Fundy National Park, New Brunswick
Cannon Firing, Fort Louisbourg, Nova Scotia
Cars, Parnell, Iowa
Car Wash, Delta, Iowa
Oldsmobiles, Webster, Iowa
Tourists, Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia
Swimmer, Temperance River, Minnesota
Small Wave, Taylors Head, Nova Scotia
Sign, Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia
Ocean, Near Digsby, Nova Scotia
Field, Near Maynard, Iowa
Blossoms, Kansas City, Kansas
Woods, Near Almont, Colorado
Kate, Cedar Bend, Iowa