The quote below by a beloved and deceased author, Susan Sontag, offers sage words to ponder. A lot has indeed melted in my life...including Susan herself. I have a fond memory of traveling to Chicago to hear her speak on HIV at the Art Institute of Chicago in the late 80's, not long after I laboriously finished reading her, "On Photography.", which should be required reading for anyone who uses the moniker, photographer. She and Sally Mann are perhaps to two most articulate individuals I have had the priviledge to read. You will spend as much time in the dictionary on each page as you do the book itself. I have always been enamored with vocabulary and for that matter, our language. For that reason, this digital age is quite depressing, in that emoticons, texting, and a general dumbing down of our population has led to the ability of the likes of Donald Trump to appeal to a significant portion of the intellectually inadequate our populace. Those that look for simple answers to complex social issues (build a wall and keep em out...) I am glad to be living on the peripheria of the world in the Northwoods, such that I can escape the next Fall of the Roman Empire. If this quits working, I shall move to Alaska. I think if I had the opportunity to meet Sally, like we did David Plowden, I would be speechless and melt in my shoes...Her recent autobiography, "Hold Still-A Memoir", reads like a mystery, as much as a biographical narrative. Her work has been controversial, but she has maintained her vision across a plethora of bumps in the road. Always an 8x10 (and larger) large format photographer, some of her recent work has utilized ancient and half trashed large format lenses from the turn of the century, in addition to turn of the century photographic processes. I highly recommend her autobiography, as equivalent to Edward Weston's "Daybooks" in providing insight into the lives of individuals driven by their art.
“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”
― Susan Sontag