Inspiration from David Plowden
A friend of mine gave me a book, Imprints, by David Plowden, with the following note scrawled on the inside cover:
Kelly,-- Todd Morten
I know you’ll be inspired by these images.
Keep up the good work!
Well, not only have the pictures inspired me and even affected the way I look through the camera, but the words have inspired me as well. David Plowden is gifted in that he not only communicates well with a lens, but also with a keyboard. I'll share many of the things he wrote in that book with you, but the most inspirational story I've ever heard about photography, one to which I relate, was written in the pages of that book, and I'd like to share it right now.
Many years ago when I was crossing Kansas on a train, I went to the dining car for lunch. Once there, I discovered to my horror that all the window blinds had been pulled down. The steward seated me, and I immediately raised the blind so I could look out on the immensity of the flatlands . . . . A moment later the steward reappeared, reached over, and pulled the blind down again, assuring me that “there’s nothing out there to look at, son.”--David Plowden, on "The Flatlands," in his book Imprints
Perhaps not to his eye, but certainly to mine. I raised the blind once more and have never lowered it since.