Something is proper to me

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (It Belongs To My Emotional Orientation) ©MAIERMOUL
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (It Belongs To My Emotional Orientation) ©MAIERMOUL

Early on, when he was in graduate school, Gowin had shot some street photographs in the style of Callahan’s earlier work. Callahan looked, and according to Gowin, said: “I wish I could’ve done all of those. There was a time I could have, and now I can never go back to where I was.”

“This is a very important thing for young artists to know,” Gowin said, “to be in the time and place which is appropriate. That which is appropriate – which is to say, that which is your property. Something is proper to me, it’s right for me, it’s near my core, it belongs to my emotional orientation.”

– Finding Resonance: Emmet Gowin on Harry Callahan, David Walker PDN Feb 2014