Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning

The first quote that Dorothea Lange said in the beginning of the documentary really drew me in. She said “That frame of mind that you need to make fine pictures of a very wonderful subject, you cannot do it by not being lost yourself.” You have to be lost in order to find yourself and find what you truly want in life. That can be seen as a very large picture idea or very simple things in your life.

When Dorothea talked about the picture with the cans in the bottom left hand corner. She said that some photographers would move the old rusted cans, but being in the photograph gives them a purpose to be there, as if they do really belong. I agree, I think it gives normal, average looking pictures character and makes them more interesting.

Dorothea’s photographs carried so much more weight than she anticipated. Her photographs of the Dust Bowl showed the true devastation of those people land and their lives in general. It also showed what these people had to go through just to survive, and how they literally packed up their entire life and stuffed it into one car.

“Your file of negatives is your biography”. Dorothea’s photographs as well as her words speak volumes to the public and personally as well. She’s extremely inspiring for photographers and someone who I hope to learn more about in the future.



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