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Relaxation, by Connor Whooley, Phoenix, Arizona, 2010

Relaxation, by Connor Whooley, Phoenix, Arizona, 2010

Most of the images in this gallery were made of me either making photographs or else talking about them. In this case, my 17 year old grandson caught me over the Thanksgiving weekend relaxing at home in my favorite chair with a newspaper in hand. (A closer study shows that I am actually reading about cameras and electronics – subjects never far from my mind.) What I like most about this shot is the way Connor uses the newspaper as a reflector to bounce window light back on to my face. I am also wearing an ancient University of Michigan sweatshirt – which I traditionally don on the day of Michigan’s annual season-ending game with Ohio State. Despite Michigan’s painfully lopsided loss, I seem to have nicely recovered my equilibrium here. Photographs can say much about people, active or not. In this case it is the relative inactivity that tells the story. (I made this image by scanning a snapshot, which accounts for the lack of info on the camera used, exposure, etc.)

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Phil Douglis16-Jan-2011 19:14
Thanks, Jim -- I am sure that as photographers, we share a common desire to express ideas to others, no matter what our approach to subject matter may be.
Jim & Josefina16-Jan-2011 01:38
Nice image, nice to meet you. I feel we have much in common!
Ventura, CA
Phil Douglis10-Dec-2010 20:07
Thanks, Carol and Vera, for commenting on Connor's photo of me at rest. It is indeed an intimate portrait -- the viewer becomes, in effect, an eavesdropper. As for being Connor's "master," Vera, I must abdicate such a title. Perhaps there are certain genes at work, but most likely the inspiration came from a high school digital photography course he took last year. I hope he continues his interest in photography.
veraferia10-Dec-2010 13:32
Your grandson has a great master!
He captured your moment of relaxation, peace and pleasure with the family around.
Unforgetable and precious memory!
Carol E Sandgren10-Dec-2010 04:17
LIke grandfather like grandson, eh? Wow, good job Connor! He is already learning the ways of image making from you, Phil, and not only that, EXPRESSIVE image making at that! I like the facial expression he has captured of your face, intently studying the newspaper insert of full page photography store ads (haha, big surprise!) Even the composition is great, very intimate portrait..
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