Fog and Trees, Deception Pass, Washington
In 1964 Andre Kertesz published a book call “On Reading.” Kertesz photographed people on park benches, cafes, bistros, on buses and trains reading. They were reading books, newspapers or magazines in public places. It showed people the world over engaged in a common activity.
Fast forward to 2016, this project would not be a book. It would be on Instagram, snapchat or the next hot social media thing that is taking the middle school by storm. The photographer would not use a camera, but would using a smart phone and be posting the images immediately. The people would not be reading books but would be heads down with their smart phones. It would be a huge thing, have its own hashtag and be an absolute internet sensation for almost fifteen minutes.
Wait. If I thought of this now, it was probably done ten years ago and no one has seen those images for nine years, eleven months and two weeks.
You can still purchase Kertesz' book.
I just put up a new folio on my web site, "The Only Open Doors," photographs of Bodie, California. Click over and open up my Christmas present to you.