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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Lost and Found

I left my ipad in a taxi.  Since Steve Jobs died, have left all my apple devices naked to enjoy how nice they feel.   There was no name tag anywhere on the ipad.   Stephie got a call from the taxi driver.  He must of gone into my device, my contacts? – somehow found Stephie’s number and called her.  Now I have my ipad back.

Pina Bausch died just before Wim Wenders was about to start filming with company.  I have written about Pina before. She was one of the greatest and most inspiring creators ever.   She could wrap you in flowing lace, roll you through her dreams and leave you spinning your own tales stumbling out into the night.

Wenders quit – it was impossible to imagine filming without her.  Then he regrouped, got the family and company on board and made the film, Pina. Wenders talks about it here.     The film opens in the US on December 23.  Can’t wait.

12.19.11 Posted in Everything Is Connected, Personal Work, Something I Saw Tagged , , |

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60 seconds

I was invited by my good friend Allyson Torrisi to speak to her class of photographers at ICP yesterday.  Below is the transcript:

This morning, as I walking down the driveway to work,  Jackson, my 4 year old, opens the front door and yells out, “DADDY! Have a great day!”  “You, too!” I yelled back.   “DADDY, go into New York City and talk for 1 minute then come back home”
Here is all I have to say:

Everything is inside of you.  I am sure of it.  If you are cruising Twitter or Facebook or blogs or Tumblr or all over the web.  If you are reading Vanity Fair or XXL or the New Yorker or Patti Smith’s book OR going to the theater, to hear music, to dance, or listening to Mac Miller or Radiohead or Jonsi.  I know so clearly that everything you need, everything you are looking for, every path forward, every great picture is inside of you.  When you wake up and are having a bad day, the good day is inside of you.  You are not going to find anything you need outside of yourself – except for the inspiration to dig deeper.  You want friends, your partner, your faith to give you all the answers – but they can only support you, give you strength – only you can help yourself.   You are wasting your time surfing all over the place for that one thing you need.  It is not on You Tube – although I love Ira Glass on Storytelling.  Ira talks of how much work it is to find you own voice, to fail, to keep pushing.  Work can be a pleasure, emotional bruises heal if you are doing  the right thing.  Dig in deep!

The most important thing is that you get in touch with how special you are.  With how precious our lives are.  No matter what story you tell in any medium – if it truly comes from your heart, you will be able to communicate meaningfully.

And now I can go home to Jackson.
Thank you.

12.06.11 Posted in Everything Is Connected, Photos

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Israel Post – Itamar

I was going to write about the first day of my second trip to Israel last summer.  Riding in a an armored van  (there are not that many armored vans available in Israel and this was definitely not the first class ride.  Have you ever been in an armored van?  2 small windows as thick as ice cubes and about as transparent.  Doors the weight of cement….)  Up into Judea & Sumaria, then past the Itamar check point we almost didn’t get through.  Up the road and down the steps, and there was Leah alone cutting up mangoes.  Leah insisted we eat.  She opened her curtains onto the view of the Mountains of the Blessings and the Curses.  Leah’s heart was so big.  We looked out through her eyes and saw beauty we couldn’t see on our own.

I was going to write about all of this.  Tell you about the Fogel family tragedy, then show you the organic farm up the road that felt right out of a Lartique photograph or Sunday in the Park.   Show you how these people balance light and dark and are fearless.

Then I got news last night of destruction.  You can read it here.   It is impossible to reconcile Israel.  Impossible to understand.  Yet, in the midst of this land that tests your soul – there is light.   After descriptions of homes being bulldozed, torahs being confiscated came these emails from Leah:

When are you coming for avocados! We miss you and hope that when you DO come it will be to film only happy events- Israel is a place where you are tested, humbled, and talk a lot to G-d. Remember, the biggest mitzvah is to be happy always (no matter what!)

and this:

George- it can make you sick – But its shabbat soon and tomorrow afternoon- we’re going to play scrabble! It’s a miracle in itself that I get these gorgeous mountains in my face as it is!

and this:

Nothing comes for free in this world, you have to pay with action- and the torah was actually meant to be brought into practice. That’s what living in the heart of Israel is all about. You see the mountains of the Blessing and the Curse and you know you can do anything because the Creator of World gave you this life to, to be blessed.

12.04.11 Posted in Photos, Something I Saw

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Israel Post – the book arrives

A messenger arrives and pulls a padded envelope all torn up out of his bag.  He is mumbling, “I’m an arms dealer. I have your stuff.”   He hands me this completely destroyed package with the gray stuffing getting all over everything.  I make a mess getting to my precious books.   But here they are.  It feels wonderful and strange seeing all that effort between two covers.   All those moments laid out.  All of Noam’s words weaving it together.

It was surreal seeing all the images I took – almost in a trance state this past summer – certainly not with the perspective that comes to them now.  Everything I shot in Israel was taken too fast.  No time to decant and breathe.  Like a silver ball bouncing around a pinball machine.  I never got to hang out. I never spent more than an hour in any location.  Now seeing the book, it feels like an incredibly rich chapter in a much bigger story I have been working on my whole life.

Glenn did a two hour TV show on Wed.  I should have been so full of myself with all those pictures hanging so beautifully in the TV studio, all the bumper images of mine showing between the breaks, the video package of us going talking through the large prints in Soho, all the kind words that were being said about my work.  And yet, all I wanted to do was take more pictures as I snuck around the studio with my camera.    I felt more than ever – in this moment of such great recognition  – that it is not about me.   It is about the fire being kindled.  It is about the message of discovery every day.  It is about imagining a better way, and being true to your vision.

Then I came home to this email from a stranger:
Hello Mr. Lange,

I have become a huge fan of your work  through watching Glenn Beck…quite honestly, one of the first things I noticed about Glenn’s work was the photographer. I thought he/she was awesome and actually sought out via google who you were.  I am a photographer too (albeit, very novice in comparison to your work)….and you inspire me to think outside the box, to think of people in a different way.  I love the fact your work exposes people  for who they are…truly, who they are…even when you pose people..you can see their personality, their heart…their personal beauty…and I’m soooo happy for you … I know you were successful long before Glenn…but, your words in the blog today said more about how photography continues to inspire you!!

Take care,

Valerie

Glenn thinks I am brave to admit any of this to you.  He thinks it is dangerous to own up to our work together on my side of the fence.  I am proud of it all.  My politics and my friendships.

12.02.11 Posted in Photos, Something I Saw, Something I Took

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