Passion Flower in Measuring Flask, Berkeley, CA, 1986. Palladium print on 100% cellulose (Fabriano 5) from original 8×10 negative.
Another photograph made in Ron Partridge’s living room, late afternoon light that is so typically Bay Area Californian.
The influential and wonderful photo historian and commentator, Peter Bunnell asked photographer and writer Wright Morris*:
“Were you ever in fact primarily concerned with the social implications of your pictures?
Morris: …the similarity of my subjects – abandoned farms, discarded objects – to those that were taken during the depression, and were specifically taken to make a social comment, distracts many observers from the concealed life of these objects. This other nature is there, but the cliché of hard times, of social unrest, of depression, ruin, and alienation, is the image the observer first receives. Perhaps it can’t be helped. All, or most, photographs have many faces. … These objects, these artifacts, are saturated with emotion, with implications, toward which I am particularly responsive. I see many of them as secular icons. They have for me a holy meaning they seek to give out.”
*Bunnell, Peter C, degrees of Guidance, Cambridge University Press, 1993, Cambridge. p106-107
Check out this interview with Wright Morris in the Paris review