This snap of a found still life was made along the coast between Petrel Cove and Kings Beach in Waitpinga whilst I was on an early morning poodlewalk:
I have been looking at an exhibition of the early 35mm work made by Joel Meyerowitz between 1963 and 1978. The exhibition is entitled "Joel Meyerowitz: Towards Colour 1962-1978", and it is at Beetles and Huxley, a photographic gallery in London. These Leica snapshots are from Meyerowitz's very early days shooting in black and white on the streets of New York to the year he published his first book, "Cape Light", the pictures of which were made with a large format camera.
Meyerowitz worked in advertising for four months of the year to support his family and devoted the rest of his time to photography. A number of the pictures in Mexico and Florida were made with a Guggenheim Scholarship to take pictures on the theme of 'leisure time'.
The pictures in the exhibition are typical of the period--US style street photography, people orientated, spontaneity, strolling along 5th Avenue, incidents on city streets. 'Incidents' refers to ‘the great catch’ way of making images; the kiss, the clench, the hug and handshake, the darting look. Looking at this work you can see the movement away from the 'decisive moment' style of snapshot to a more formal approach of modernism.