invariance

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invariably, at some level of detail, there is not much that makes a location different from another, that is, until the person(s) give it a personal touch. this is one of the aspect that has such an appeal about André Kertész's The Polaroids book: a personalization of/within his apartment that made it be anywhere, but singularly his at the same time. in some ways, this inspired me tostart an easy-go project that would be as limited, that is, to photograph things at home (and that of friends) which revealed a sort of Kerteszian flavor in the photograph: a personalization of something otherwise quotidian, or even mundane to most people. (to help with some sharing-but-not-really-into-the-interactive, a non-social & low-key instagram and tumblr were created.) the unexpected turn is that in visiting many places and experiencing friends places, that the idea came to be that, perhaps, one way approach city photography is to kind-of ignore the way that we are taught to see it to obviously declare its location, but rather, go after a larger-scale Kerteszian approach. perhaps this is the terrain of someone like Saul Leiter, or even as far back as Brassaï, though perhaps with greater severity — or anonymity. can't say that it easily works, or will it save the "lack of inspiration from San Francisco" (noted in the previous two posts). until then, I liked this accidental find in San Francisco.