- Who are we as artist and who cares?
- What happens to the work of those who never become famous?
We can contemplate the first item ad nauseum. And some people spend a lot of time on that. But from time to time I actually wonder, WHAT will happen to all of my negatives and prints when I am gone?
I have two cases in point:
First, the recent death of one of my Photo Friends Richard Knepp. Whose website for now still persists, probably until the domain name expires, etc. But for now His Legacy is still visible. He was fairly well known amongst the practitioners and followers of old school Monterey style View Camera Photography. One of those continuing the Legacy of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston.
Another case, someone without reputation, and totally unknown: Vivian Maier, whose work went unprinted until discovered by....several photographers/collectors in Chicago. She was a nanny who took street photos around Chicago on her days off. Who knew?
Most of us, if we are lucky, may be "rediscovered" after our passing by interested collectors. Or our photographs, if printed, may turn up on some future version of "Forgotten Old Photos". Sorry "digital and never printed types", your work will not be around for anyone to rediscover.
And, Oh Yes: HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
So I leave you with those thoughts near the summit of Pikes Peak: