"No place is boring, if you've had a good nights sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film"
About Bob Mosher
What drives me to photograph people on a city street, visiting a memorial or a shopping center? Whereas no people are present in the photographs dealing with fields and woods that may be viewed in a blur from the window of a car going 60 mph. So, what is it? It is many things but the over-riding reason is the ordinariness of the people and places that interests me. Accessibility and no special invitation, tickets or traveling are required because in all cases for each subject is near where I have lived.
There is an ongoing theater and rhythm to a busy city street where people walk at about 3 mph and a noncommittal city stare on their face. I walk toward them and have my camera preset at 5 to 8 feet with the aperture and shutter set to the prevailing light conditions, good to go for a great photograph? Right – maybe, only one or two out of a roll of 36 shots will make the cut as a possible interesting picture that will stand scrutiny and that is if I am lucky. Sounds like a haphazard and chaotic approach but necessary to photograph people going about their daily business and it is the beauty and challenge of street photography at its fullest. Later on photographing memorial sites in Michigan and Washington DC people are either engaged in the site or totally oblivious to it. Take for instance the civil war memorial juxtaposed with a bus stop and a busy department store in the middle of the central business district of Grand Rapids, MI as a site where people are displaying no interest in the statuary. This attitude is found more prevalent in states away from Washington DC where people have travelled long distances to experience the many memorials first hand, found on the National Mall. It is fitting that policies and politics that in many cases created the events of the reason for the memorials.
Kresge Art Museum, East Lansing, MI
Detroit Public Library Art Collection
University of Michigan Art Museum
Chicago History Museum
Norton Simon Art Museum, Pasadena, CA
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington DC
Additionally, many private collectors own photographs from the work displayed in this website.
The photographs in this website are made with traditional methods to the following outline.