Friday, April 16, 2010


When I look at work by a photographer for the first time, I can usually make a pretty good guess what photo books they own. Same with music. When I listen to a band I can usually string their sound back to some precursory influences.

I saw Portugal. The Man play a few nights ago in Eugene and I still have no idea what music they like to listen to, and it's driving me crazy. Malkmus? Barrett-era Floyd? Slint? James Brown? Maybe. Maybe none of them. The only hints from the show were a snippet of Moonage Daydream and at least one song in 13/4 (to go with the date: 4/13).

Portugal. The Man

Thinking about this more I realize that my brain needs to categorize. When something appears dropped from the sky with no context, I'm not quite sure how to process it. I think the lack of obvious ties can create a mental break that leads to Art.

I'm trying to think of photographers that seem to have no obvious influences, that appear dropped from the sky like Portugal. The Man. Eggleston? Atget? Fox Talbot? I'm not so sure about any of them. Fun to speculate.


BryanF said...

Lartigue? He seems to have been dropped straight from the sky...

Blake Andrews said...

And the people in his photos often drop straight from the sky.

Anonymous said...

Squeeze. Flaming Lips. Grandaddy. Neil Young.