Sunday, 8 March 2009
Paul Graham writes in the Guardian that the traditional definition of 'a great shot' is the antithesis of what this image is about. This photograph is about appreciating the flow of the moment, the rhythm and currents and eddies of life, rather than neatly packaging the world into perfectly formed little jewels. This photo was taken in Pittsburg and is one of a sequence of photos of this man mowing a lawn outside the motel where Graham was staying. Graham selected this image as his 'best shot' because if confers a nobility and dignity to what the man is doing. He continues to say: "Many moments are mundane and seem worthless but they shape our lives. They are quite different from the Herculean labours and extraordinary moments that photographers are addicted to."