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Thursday, 18 June 2015

Austin Granger: In a wide wilderness, a far cry / Robert Creeley: Moral

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Path, Oregon | by austin granger
 
Path, Oregon: photo by Austin Granger, 21 May 2015

Path, Oregon | by austin granger

Path, Oregon: photo by Austin Granger, 21 May 2015

Path, Oregon | by austin granger

Path, Oregon: photo by Austin Granger, 21 May 2015

Moral

Now the inevitable
 
As in tales of woe 
The inexorable toll 
It takes, it takes. 
 
Robert Creeley (1926-2005): Moral, first published as an Alternative Press postcard, n.d., reprinted in Gnomic Verses in Echoes, 1994  


Gift Shop, near Woodland, Washington | by austin granger

Gift Shop, Woodland, Washington: photo by Austin Granger, 28 May 2015

Gift Shop, near Woodland, Washington | by austin granger

Gift Shop, Woodland, Washington: photo by Austin Granger, 28 May 2015

Gift Shop, near Woodland, Washington | by austin granger

Gift Shop, Woodland, Washington: photo by Austin Granger, 28 May 2015

Library, Christmas Valley, Oregon | by austin granger

Library, Christmas Valley, Oregon: photo by Austin Granger, 19 May 2015

Library, Christmas Valley, Oregon | by austin granger

Library, Christmas Valley, Oregon: photo by Austin Granger, 19 May 2015

Library, Christmas Valley, Oregon | by austin granger

Library, Christmas Valley, Oregon: photo by Austin Granger, 19 May 2015

Early Morning, Christmas Valley, Oregon | by austin granger

Early Morning, Christmas Valley, Oregon: photo by Austin Granger, 17 May 2015

Early Morning, Christmas Valley, Oregon | by austin granger

Early Morning, Christmas Valley, Oregon: photo by Austin Granger, 17 May 2015

Early Morning, Christmas Valley, Oregon | by austin granger

Early Morning, Christmas Valley, Oregon: photo by Austin Granger, 17 May 2015

Mount St. Helens from the Plains of Abraham | by austin granger

Mount St. Helens from the Plains of Abraham: photo by Austin Granger, 7 May 2015

Mount St. Helens from the Plains of Abraham | by austin granger

Mount St. Helens from the Plains of Abraham: photo by Austin Granger, 7 May 2015
 
Mount St. Helens from the Plains of Abraham | by austin granger

Mount St. Helens from the Plains of Abraham: photo by Austin Granger, 7 May 2015

Oregon | by austin granger

Oregon: photo by Austin Granger, 4 May 2015
 
Oregon | by austin granger

Oregon: photo by Austin Granger, 4 May 2015

Oregon | by austin granger

Oregon: photo by Austin Granger, 4 May 2015
 
Erosion Control Structure, near Las Vegas, Nevada | by austin granger

Erosion Control Structure, near Las Vegas, Nevada: photo by Austin Granger, 1 May 2015

Erosion Control Structure, near Las Vegas, Nevada | by austin granger

Erosion Control Structure, near Las Vegas, Nevada: photo by Austin Granger, 1 May 2015

Erosion Control Structure, near Las Vegas, Nevada | by austin granger

Erosion Control Structure, near Las Vegas, Nevada: photo by Austin Granger, 1 May 2015
 
Atop a Parking Garage, Portland | by austin granger

Atop a Parking Garage, Portland: photo by Austin Granger, 30 April 2015

Atop a Parking Garage, Portland | by austin granger

Atop a Parking Garage, Portland: photo by Austin Granger, 30 April 2015
 
Atop a Parking Garage, Portland | by austin granger

Atop a Parking Garage, Portland: photo by Austin Granger, 30 April 2015
 
Atop a Parking Garage, Las Vegas | by austin granger

Atop a Parking Garage, Las Vegas: photo by Austin Granger, 28 April 2015

Atop a Parking Garage, Las Vegas | by austin granger

Atop a Parking Garage, Las Vegas: photo by Austin Granger, 28 April 2015

Atop a Parking Garage, Las Vegas | by austin granger

Atop a Parking Garage, Las Vegas: photo by Austin Granger, 28 April 2015
 
Car in a Wash, Nevada | by austin granger

Car in a Wash, Nevada: photo by Austin Granger, 27 April 2015

Car in a Wash, Nevada | by austin granger

Car in a Wash, Nevada: photo by Austin Granger, 27 April 2015

Car in a Wash, Nevada | by austin granger

Car in a Wash, Nevada: photo by Austin Granger, 27 April 2015
 
Nude Girls, Nevada | by austin granger

Nude Girls, Nevada: photo by Austin Granger, 25 April 2015

Nude Girls, Nevada | by austin granger

Nude Girls, Nevada: photo by Austin Granger, 25 April 2015

Nude Girls, Nevada | by austin granger

Nude Girls, Nevada: photo by Austin Granger, 25 April 2015

Jesus and Mary, Portland | by austin granger

Jesus and Mary, Portland: photo by Austin Granger, 25 April 2015

Jesus and Mary, Portland | by austin granger

Jesus and Mary, Portland: photo by Austin Granger, 25 April 2015

Jesus and Mary, Portland | by austin granger

Jesus and Mary, Portland: photo by Austin Granger, 25 April 2015
 
Pier, Columbia River, Astoria, Oregon | by austin granger

Pier, Astoria, Oregon: photo by Austin Granger, 15 April 2015

Pier, Columbia River, Astoria, Oregon | by austin granger

Pier, Astoria, Oregon: photo by Austin Granger, 15 April 2015
 
Pier, Columbia River, Astoria, Oregon | by austin granger

Pier, Astoria, Oregon: photo by Austin Granger, 15 April 2015
 
Ruin, Oregon | by austin granger

Ruin, Oregon: photo by Austin Granger, 14 April 2015
 
Ruin, Oregon | by austin granger

Ruin, Oregon: photo by Austin Granger, 14 April 2015

Ruin, Oregon | by austin granger

Ruin, Oregon: photo by Austin Granger, 14 April 2015

Oyster Shells, Nahcotta, Washington | by austin granger

Oyster shells, Nahcotta, Washington: photo by Austin Granger, 10 April 2015

Oyster Shells, Nahcotta, Washington | by austin granger

Oyster shells, Nahcotta, Washington: photo by Austin Granger, 10 April 2015

Oyster Shells, Nahcotta, Washington | by austin granger

Oyster shells, Nahcotta, Washington: photo by Austin Granger, 10 April 2015

Oysterville, Washington | by austin granger

Oystervile, Washington: photo by Austin Granger, 9 April 2015

Oysterville, Washington | by austin granger

Oystervile, Washington: photo by Austin Granger, 9 April 2015
 
Oysterville, Washington | by austin granger

Oystervile, Washington: photo by Austin Granger, 9 April 2015
 
Atop a Parking Garage, Portland | by austin granger

Atop a Parking Garage, Portland: photo by Austin Granger, 2 April 2015

Atop a Parking Garage, Portland | by austin granger

Atop a Parking Garage, Portland: photo by Austin Granger, 2 April 2015

Atop a Parking Garage, Portland | by austin granger

Atop a Parking Garage, Portland: photo by Austin Granger, 2 April 2015

Farm for Sale, near Donald, Oregon | by austin granger

Farm for Sale, near Donald, Oregon: photo by Austin Granger, 2 April 2015

Farm for Sale, near Donald, Oregon | by austin granger

Farm for Sale, near Donald, Oregon: photo by Austin Granger, 2 April 2015

Farm for Sale, near Donald, Oregon | by austin granger

Farm for Sale, near Donald, Oregon: photo by Austin Granger, 2 April 2015

Along old Highway 8, Goodnoe Hills, Washington | by austin granger

Along Old Highway 8, Goodnoe Hills, Washington: photo by Austin Granger, 12 March 2015

Along old Highway 8, Goodnoe Hills, Washington | by austin granger

Along Old Highway 8, Goodnoe Hills, Washington: photo by Austin Granger, 12 March 2015
 
Along old Highway 8, Goodnoe Hills, Washington | by austin granger

Along Old Highway 8, Goodnoe Hills, Washington: photo by Austin Granger, 12 March 2015

Van, Columbia River Gorge, Washington | by austin granger

Van, Columbia River Gorge, Washington: photo by Austin Granger, 10 March 2015

Van, Columbia River Gorge, Washington | by austin granger

Van, Columbia River Gorge, Washington: photo by Austin Granger, 10 March 2015

Van, Columbia River Gorge, Washington | by austin granger

Van, Columbia River Gorge, Washington: photo by Austin Granger, 10 March 2015
 
Abandoned Schoolhouse, Goodnoe Hills, Washington | by austin granger

Abandoned Schoolhouse, Goodnoe Hills, Washington: photo by Austin Granger, 9 March 2015

Abandoned Schoolhouse, Goodnoe Hills, Washington | by austin granger

Abandoned Schoolhouse, Goodnoe Hills, Washington: photo by Austin Granger, 9 March 2015

Abandoned Schoolhouse, Goodnoe Hills, Washington | by austin granger

Abandoned Schoolhouse, Goodnoe Hills, Washington: photo by Austin Granger, 9 March 2015
 

3 comments:

Be the BQE said...

Tom,
Beautiful photographs. Thanks for introducing me to this photographer. A sense of inevitability pervades each scene. No humans--or at least I didn't see any--just our detritus and debris.
-David

TC said...

Thanks very much for picking up on Granger, David -- I believe this instantly qualifies you as the last of the short-list cognoscenti. The wide angle/long view approach does indeed reduce the human to what may well be its proper place -- lilliputian at best, small and smaller, and doing its best to remove itself from the picture alogether, ASAP. The photographer notes that his son is present in the top shot here... too small to be seen.

The approach may leave out everything but the shadows and residue of the human, but in doing so it permits an awful lot of world to come in.

I've been following his work for some time now. He keeps getting better and better. The subject matter -- the exhaustion and emptiness of the West -- has, to my mind, never been done so well. And this latest step in his work, allowed by the use of a Noblex swing-lens camera, producing the vast panoramic effect without "stitching", is perfectly suited to that subject matter, the "last horizon", so to say. Of course, details of apparatus never matter much unless the apparatus is in the hands of a far-seeing master; but for my money, Granger's are that sort of hands, and his is that sort of eye.

Sandra said...

it takes ...mmm...how would I translate that?