Photoessay: Diagonal non-sequitur

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Trying something a little different today: a series of images that are linked thematically by type of light and overall presentation, but have little to nothing to do with each other subject-wise. It is thus a logical non-sequitur but not a visual one; the intention is for the audience to get almost lulled into a sense of rhythmic monotony until you realise the subjects, their sizes/scales and even physical layouts are wildly different. I realise this is completely at odds with any traditional curator logic, but this particular group of images had been sitting in my posting folder for so long challenging me to find a way to use them that I somehow overlooked their core similarities in visual style. MT

This series was shot mostly with a Nikon Z7 with custom SOOC JPEG profiles, or Nikon D3500.

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Ultraprints from this series are available on request here


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  1. Happy New Year to you and yours. Keep up sharing your inspiring photography and thoughts.

  2. Robert Falconer says:

    This probably isn’t the place for this, but I just wanted to drop in and say…

    …very well done, indeed, sir!

    Happy New Year!

  3. You truly are a photographer who sees the world through different eyes. You’ve found beauty and interesting angles where I wouldn’t have thought to look. Thanks for blogging and sharing your talent!

  4. Kristian Wannebo says:

    Now, if I may, totally O.T.,
    but important to one and all:

    ( For each day of the summer and winter holidays Swedish Radio invites well-known people to hold a 90 min. talk show mixed with music.)

    Today it was Johan Rockström,
    Professor in Environmental science
    at Stockholm University,
    who made a significant talk on the still open possibility to keep climate change within limits.

    For once there is also an English version of his talk in ”Vinter i P1” :
    Download :
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    Listen online :
    – – –

    Also several talks of his on YouTube,
    especially :
    “5 transformational policies for a prosperous and sustainable world”
    ( TED Talk,
    12 min., one year ago )

    “Beyond the Anthropocene”
    ( World Economic Forum,
    21 min., two years ago)

    – – –

    [ Johan Rockström :
    ” After 12 years as director of Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), he became 2018 joint director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), based in Germany, together with PIK’s current deputy director Professor Ottmar Edenhofer. Rockström and Edenhofer replace PIK director Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber. He has recently joined climate change charity Cool Earth as a trustee.”

    “‘ Rockström is internationally recognized on global sustainability issues. In 2009, he led the team which developed the Planetary Boundaries framework, a proposed precondition for facilitating human development at a time when the planet is undergoing rapid change.”

  5. Kristian Wannebo says:

    I’m wholly enjoying these images,
    and your humor in some of them,
    like the umbrellas,
    and the one below,
    and the angular rooftops behind each other.
    But I think the next to last one is my favourite

    A Happy New Year!
    And a Merry New Photo Year!

  6. Andrew Franta says:

    Terrific set of images. They’re linked by light and line, but also by tonality. I particularly like the way that image #6 comments on the theme.

  7. Thank you for another excellent mini-tutorial. I always look forward to these as the some of the best to be found because you define so well. Having said that,….”traditional curator logic”….; may be a bit of an invented ‘problem’. I propose that the responsibility for identifiing the theme lies with the photographer as clarification of their vision. In this collection, (which I much enjoy), the commonality of ‘gesture’ (in Jay Maisel lingo) might be titled something like “Visible Shadows” for a show/exhibition/whatever. Of course my comment constitutes reduction/degradation of visible language to text, and deserves to scorned as such! …oh well…

    • I think there’s always going to be some ambiguity in interpretation of the meaning of the words, especially when it comes to describing visual concepts or overarching ideas. My rationale has always been to describe then try to push the language one abstract step further, too introduce another level of meaning but not step so far as to be completely disassociated.

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