I had an opportunity over the weekend to meet with Mark Hobson (The Landscapist). Mark, who has lived in Rochester and has relatives here, had decided to drive to Taughannock Falls on Saturday and then head north to the Flower City. Before doing so, he’d let me know he was heading in this direction and wanted to know if I’d like to meet him somewhere. Well sure, I said. Why not?
Now, anyone who has read either blog might wonder if this was a good idea. It ain’t no secret that Mark and I have crossed swords from time to time. Our views have clashed over a number of things, including what constitutes a good photograph. Not to mention the nature of “truth” and “reality”.
Not to worry. Mark and I had a long lunch and an even longer discussion. It was so long that I think he was more than a little late getting back on the road to his home in the Adirondacks (Au Sable Forks). We talked about all kinds of things (except truth and reality) and discovered we had much in common. We also discovered that some of the differences we’d had were more the result of misunderstood language than actual substance.
Our views on photography, however, are still somewhat different. Mark still favors complexity in his images and I still strive mightily for simplicity. Our subject matter preferences are different. Mark prefers color over black and white while for me it’s kind of a toss-up.
Well, so what. Unlike at least one of our political parties here in the U. S., the photographic tent is very large. Lots of room for everybody. I might not “get” one of Mark’s images, but in the final analysis he’s doing the same thing I am. He’s trying to communicate something. And that’s good enough for me.