Finalists have been announced for the 2014 Clarence John Laughlin Award through the New Orleans Photo Alliance, and I'm in the running. Beyond humbled right now. I'll be shipping my portfolio for review to Mr. Del Zogg, Manager, Works on Paper & Photography Collections and Study Center at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston!
Clarence John Laughlin Award finalists viewable here.
The Magnificent Spiral (No. 5) by Clarence John Laughlin, 1948.
© The Historic New Orleans Collection. Accession number 1918.104.22.1681.
I have to admit, back when I was in photography class, I recall being told to check out Clarence John Laughlin's work a few times. It's of no surprise to me that I feel a connection to what he sought to do through photography, in addition to his own background as a writer.
"Everything that I see must become personal; otherwise, it is dead and mechanical. Our only chance to escape the blight of mechanization, of acting and thinking alike, of the huge machine which society is becoming, is to restore life to all things through the saving and beneficent power of the human imagination. "
- Clarence John Laughlin