215 in Siouxland, Council Bluffs

12 Dec
A scene in historic downtown Council Bluffs, Iowa Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A friend recently talked about becoming a more minimalist photographer, eschewing the trappings of doing a lot of post processing work he has recently seen where people are replacing skies and moving objects around and creating images with a lot of computer work rather than just photographing.

I think those two schools of thoughts have been around for a long time. Creating something after the fact with various images brings to mind the photographer Jerry Uelesmann as opposed to someone like Henri Cartier-Bresson who shot street scenes or Lee Friedlander and Josef Koudelka.

Everyone has a vision. And sometimes that vision may drift from one genre to another and back again. In the end though, the images made are something of meaning to the photographer who is spending the time seeing and “creating” a world view to share with others.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

3 Responses to “215 in Siouxland, Council Bluffs”

  1. Jim Lee December 12, 2020 at 9:14 am #

    There is definitely room for multiple styles, and computer software is making it so easy now to alter the photo after it was taken that more and more people are doing that, and that’s fine. It’s just not for me.

  2. Angela Moyer December 14, 2020 at 5:50 pm #

    Excellent post! The creation is up to the artist’s vision whether it is “as seen” or embellished. Wonderfully said!

    • jerrymennenga December 14, 2020 at 6:54 pm #

      Angela, Thank you for the kind words. It is so true, and we all see differently and respond to “stuff” around us in so many different ways. One man’s (woman’s) ceiling is another’s floor. Something I heard or read so many years (ahem) ago and I find it true even more so today. take care, jerry

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