"The ultimate reward is the process"- Alex Webb
My cousin from Barcelona introduced me to Alex Webb's work many years ago. He was 19 and I was 27. I remember him pulling copies of Hot Light/Half-Made Worlds and Under the Grudging Sun from the bookshelf in the school library. We sat down together, I held the book while he turned the pages. He spoke with such enthusiasm, his eyes gleaming as he pointed out the complexities of Alex's compositions. My cousin was so inspired that he worked for months saving money to buy a Leica M-6 and two lenses. I remember sitting down with him at a downtown coffee shop right after he purchased them. He beamed with pride as he played with his camera. He used them in West Africa and came back with incredible images.
When I heard Alex & his wife, Rebecca were coming to San Francisco to hold a workshop last year, I immediately signed up. I was very nervous showing my recent projects. The last critique I ever had was back when I was a student in photography school. It turned out to be a wonderful experience. Alex and Rebecca gave constructive feedback and were very encouraging with the direction I was taking with one of my projects. Alex rolled out a few 30x40 chromogenic prints from his Istanbul series. It gave me a different perspective seeing his images on a larger scale. Most of all, hearing both of them speak passionately about photography was very inspiring. I carry their words with me in my own life and work.
I mailed a signed copy of Istanbul: A City of A Hundred Names to my cousin after the workshop. Although, I only managed to write a generic thank you note, what I really wanted to say was how grateful I was for that special moment we shared in the library.
"Coming back to a place pushes you forward."- Rebecca Norris Webb