"Even when you do not
quite know what the message is, you are aware that there is one."
has an eye, a point of view, a recognizable je
ne sais quoi apparent even in
what would be in the hands of a lesser
talent, a hackneyed land or seascape.
Avedon used to pretend to be a primitive. He used to say that if
you scratch a surface
and you are lucky you will find another surface. Steve shoots
surfaces, as do all
photographers, and he shoots surfaces that are not unfamiliar to
But underneath the image he captures an
un-sappy message. Even when you do not
quite know what the message is, you are aware that there is one.
Many of his images demand more than passing
attention—especially when he shoots for himself...." R. Lee