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The Many Joys of a Midlife Crisis

Currently, I am working on a series of books about different periods in my photographic career. This soft cover book of 64 pages shows a lot of photography created between my fifties and sixties. A lot, if not all, of these photographs have to do with sexuality, although there are no sexual acts depicted.

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Compared to the other photographic books, there is an awful lot of text about photographic theory in it. I am not claiming these are essays. I have no definitive answers to the questions I have asked myself over the years, but I am slowly opening up about the theory that is the base of my own work. While doing so, I was reminded of the many discussions we had in the 1970s about whether we should consider photography to be a serious art form. It is obvious which side I was on.

Not much later, I saw my works defined as Fine Art Photography, and of course also as Pornography by those who had a problem with nudity.

At age 67 I often think back how photography became mainstream. The Kodak box camera of the late 1800s was designed for the whole family to enjoy. Today we have a comparable revolution with the smartphone. Through social media, a lot of these photographs have an enormous reach.

So, I am flirting with the idea that a new definition of photography is needed. While writing the texts for this book, I leaned towards defining photography as folk art, but I am still working on it. I have a feeling more of these books will follow, and I may find a better definition.