To be honest with you I was quite jealous when, of all people, my old man showed a power point slide show of all of the photos from this series a few months ago. You could not ask for a cooler subject matter to capture. And because it was so close to my home I was super jealous when I saw them. I should have thought of this before he did. Argh. He got special access to the site, he could take photo’s of anything he wanted except the faces of the workers. Full Access to the Hoover Dam Bridge…now that is awesome.
Well the jealously faded and I finally got a free night to go checkout the Series over at the Phoenix Art Museum. Now I am a big fan of LARGE format photography and I heard that they were, but sadly the prints at the museum tonight were not. In my humble opinion, They just weren’t big enough for me or the subject matter. I would have like to see them measured more in feet then inches. Due credit he did have a lot of them but I would have settled for less prints but larger. Composition was so spot on. Jamey really has a wonderful eye. He made mixing and combining man-made and nature look easy, believe its not. Ok back to the prints for a moment…again not happy with the prints. Im not sure where he had them printed at but they just weren’t as crisp as long exposure bridge work should be. Photographs are not made from the middle they are made from the corners. At the PAM until December 16, 2011
Subject Matter: Hoover dam bridge-come on. A+
Presentation: Less and larger prints please. C
Composition: Genius. A
Technique: Corners. B
Cool: The presentation gave it the grade. B
Final: Definitely go see it if you are in the neighborhood AND its free admission. B+