Remembering William Eggleston

Remembering Bill Eggleston © Steven Willard

It’s been a while since I mentioned how I characterize my photography. You know, someone will ask you what kind of photography you do, and that presses you to define yourself. For years I was stumped for an answer. Then one day it came to me, I’m an opportunist! It sounds like an offhand quip at first, but the more I have thought about it the more fitting it seems. Please bear with me here.

I was sitting in a cafe, waiting for my lunch date to arrive, and since I almost always have my iPad with me, I was watching a video* about William Eggleston. I have  been an admirer for years, not because I like his photographs all that much, or what I know about him as a person, but because I admire his dedication to a style and method, and his ability to make a living doing it.

Anyway, I was watching this documentary about Bill and, glancing up, noticed this small group to my left. Holy Crap! I thought, that is an Eggleston photograph if I ever saw one. So guess what I did. Yup, I pivoted the iPad and made the photograph you see here.

Now here’s the thing, this isn’t the type of photograph I would normally set out to make. In fact I’m not even sure I like it all that much, but being the opportunist that I am, I did what is natural.

*From a BBC five part series. Sorry, I couldn’t find the link but suggest you watch it.






2 comments on “Remembering William Eggleston

  1. SilverFox says:

    I regard myself as an opportunist too!


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