Photoessay: Long goodbye

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Something a little different today: curated over a period of time into a narrative area whole bunch of images that actually have little to no actual causality. Rather these are an example of how you can stitch a storyline together by implication alone, and both the power (and misleading danger) of photojournalism with its implicit veracity. That said, I think of today as a series of departures and moving-ons; a mix of melancholy, reminiscence and optimism that tomorrow will be a better day. There is enough ambiguity for you, the audience, to decide how you want to feel. The end can also be the beginning. MT

Shot over a long period of time with a wide variety of hardware.

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  1. Michiel953 says:

    No accompanying narrative. Helpful in a way. Just absorb the images.

    • I leave the interpretation to the viewer – the images should be strong enough to guide you, but not so literal as to distract. A long time ago, there used to be titles, but they proved unpopular so I stopped and focused on strengthening the visual narrative instead…

  2. Unrelated question to the post, but regarding your blog workflow, do you typically write-up drafts in a separate word processing application and then paste & post, or just save drafts in WordPress and publish when done?

    • I compose the skeletons in my head, write up in WordPress in a single pass and then schedule. After doing this ~1,500 times, a post takes about 30min to an hour to write depending on length and the amount of research required for the content.

  3. Was the picture of the car in America? I think the commitment to self realization will always require goodbyes, now and then🙂

  4. Am I getting a sense of foreshadowing?


  5. stunning… really enjoyed these shots, thanks!

  6. Gary Morris says:

    Your title had me immediately thinking Raymond Chandler… The Long Goodbye, Farewell My Lovely. B&W was certainly the way to go with this theme.

  7. You really brought out the melancholy, beautifully done. It’s interesting that when most photographers, (including myself), want to display this sort of mood, they almost automatically think in black and white, as you have.
    Do you think it would be possible to do The Long Goodbye with colour? Or are most colours too alive and too cheerful?

    • Thanks! It could definitely be done with color…think cinematic, cool colors, low key…would probably be easier, actually. But monochrome is what I already had processed…

  8. The narrative flows. Especially fond of #s 3, 6, 8, 13, and 17.

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