Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/03/22

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Subject: Re: [Leica] AA, HCB & Leicas & Eric
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 1999 15:19:49 -0600

At 11:49 AM 3/22/99 -0800, you wrote:
>As regards the claim that the U.S. is unique in its "unspoiled" nature and
>majesty  ---  Sorry Eric, I cannot afford to give you a grant to re-educated
>you in your world view ;-)  (that's a big sardonic smile).

You guys ought to read what people say, and understand, or at least try.

What is the theme of much of Ansel Adams work? The Western, more 
specifically Southwestern, U.S. Is there any place in the world like it? 
No. Why not? Because they are unique in what they have, and it's different. 
NO duh.

They have urban areas and forests. They have deserts, and they have big 
trees. Nothing as big as the Redwoods and Sequoias, but what the heck. It's 
not the size that counts. Right? So, no place on earth is like the 
Southwest U.S. Funny thing, a photographer became passionate about it, and 
was able to translate the three dimensional world into a two-dimensional 
representations that move some people. His vision is unique in the world 
(another obvious point - all photographers have their own potions of view, 
not matter how powerful or weak), based on his personal experience living 
in that area.

Many people who have lived there respond to his work and find it rings true 
in them as well. People who haven't been there might not understand quite 
as well as someone who has been there. But they take great offense if 
someone says that, because it's not politically correct to some place on 
the planet is unique? Not better, not more spectacular, not more special, 
not more wild, just unique.

You folks ought to have a higher opinion of other places in the world. They 
aren't so fragile that claiming somewhere else is simply different would 
mean they are somehow diminished.

Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.