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February 26, 2008
Blake Andrews runs an intelligent and interesting blog about photography called B: Rumblings from the Photographic Hinterlands at blakeandrews.blogspot.com. One of the recurring features is a series called "What was he thinking?" which invites photographers to discuss some of their own work. Photographer Richard Bram, who participated in an audio interview for Lens Culture last year, is the latest candidate to share some of the back-stories of his photography in Andrews' blog.
Here is an excerpt from that blog:
"One evening in March 2004, after dropping off some film at Metro Imaging in Clerkenwell (I haven't hand-processed film in many years) I was walking back to the Tube through a back courtyard. This man hanging outside a window immediately caught my eye. Out of curiosity - what was he doing? Burgling or perhaps just fixing the window? - I got as close as I could and took 4 frames before he ducked back inside. I love the ambiguity as well as the way he nonchalantly stood on a tiny ledge outside of a window three floors off the ground. As I looked at the enlarged photo later I realized it was the latter - he was working on the windows as part of a renovation. But there is still a mystery to the photo, perhaps brought on by the darkness, by the scale of the streetlamp in the foreground or the converging verticals that makes it one of my favorites."