The Medium is the Message

Cash Jar and Potatoes
Cash Jar and Potatoes

I was re-reading a Bryan Peterson book on composition and he suggests that compelling photography is not about the content but about the arrangement of the content. I think that’s only partly true but he does have a point.

I went out for my usual newspaper and coffee and passed a wide variety of interesting but common things like huge pumpkin stands, Amish children of the corn and even a rare steam engine at the Strasburg Rail Road.

But I was looking for something different and a mile from home I stopped to check out some potatoes. They had three sizes and I noticed this old cash jar that said medium on it right next to the medium potatoes.

For some reason this fascinated me and I decided to photograph it featuring the jar as the main subject. Between the Amish woman that owned the stand and the potato junkies that kept pulling in it was distracting but I persevered.

Eventually I realized that I could move things around to get the composition I wanted and the last three images I took were the best. Despite the clouds and an umbrella blocking the light I got a shot I’m happy with.

Now is this the kind of thing I would hang on my wall? No, but my Psychiatrist has been asking me for a photo and I think if I had this printed and framed she would not only stop asking me but would probably give me better meds.

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17 thoughts on “The Medium is the Message

        1. I agree but but shes an eternal optimist and believes that all will be well with a positive attitude. I think Hemingway probably had a positive attitude before he pulled the trigger. 😦

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  1. My doc had never asked me, but I brought some of my works anyway) I think your doc won’t be shocked… or is it the thing you want to reach?

    I like your photo. I can imagine it on the wall in a cafe, it has some atmosphere.

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