Wednesday, December 31, 2008
We have been with the grandsons during the Christmas Holidays. I'm trying to be a modern grandmother and keep up with the kids but I must confess, the video games have me whipped. When I try to do a race car or skateboard game with them, my reaction time is so slow that I'm constantly running into walls and crashing. I needed to start earlier like our three year old grandson.
I took this picture of him playing a video skateboard game. The image kept nagging at me. It was familiar. Then I remembered this photography series of Todd Deutsch called Gamers. And in particular his image of the hooded players which he generously allowed me to post on my blog. You know I always wonder when things like this happen, did I make this image because I had seen Todd's image or was I just responding to what was happening. I was thinking about how the video games define a two-generation gap, about how tiny the grandson looks in the environment and how the hood isolates him from what is happening around him. Or, was there some place in the gray matter that stored Todd's image, some place that influenced me to take this point of view. I don't know. Maybe Geoff Dyer is right in his book The Ongoing Moment that there is a collective consciousness of photographers and that interesting new pictures come from interesting earlier pictures.
Todd also photographs his family of three sons. Since we had three sons, I can really identify with the confusion, chaos and challenges that he captures. Go take a look at Todd Deutsch's website.