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Im on the Cover of a Magazine !!!! : Main Street Rag Winter 2010 : Flower Taxis New York
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I met Lynda C. Ward quite by chance in Boston one day a while back ....... and we have been in correspondence since......... largely through this blog........ so I was very happy to oblige when she asked me if she could do an interview......... but I had no idea how in depth and involved this process would be..........

Lynda interviewed me by phone, skype and e-mail as I was working in London, Paris, NYC, Atlanta, Belize etc........ and her article (22 pages no less...!) has just been published in the latest edition of Main Street Rag.

Lynda tells some of the backstory to her article (I lifted this bit from Steve Marshals's Photo Dialogue Blog:

'When I first met Jez Coulson in Boston, I was captivated by his passion for photojournalism and photography as well as his "Inscape," to borrow a term from the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins which means "the unified complex of characteristics that give a thing its uniqueness and that differentiates it from other things" (or in this case that gives a person his uniqueness and differentiates him from other people).'

'Inscape' is an interesting term.... how might it translate into visual language?

'In photographer's terms, someone with Inscape is multi-dimensional, meaning that they cannot be captured in a single frame, and not even in a panorama shot. To truly capture someone with a "complex of characteristics" takes patience, great care, and time.'

Lynda was struck by one of the fundamental drives behind Jez's reportage photography. She notes: 'Jez says, "You can look for horror or you can look for humanity. I prefer images that capture the pathos, the humanity. I'm looking for humanity in all circumstances."'

But how does a photographer actually capture 'humanity'?

'Jez has the wonderful ability to "hang," with people', says Lynda, 'Everyone from homeless people (his photo of a New York City homeless man is featured in the magazine) to presidents and movie stars (his photo of George Clooney with President Obama is featured in the magazine as well). Jez's willingness to truly listen to people and to treat them with respect just because they are people — whether or not he agrees with them or their lifestyle — is what gives Jez such amazing access to all sorts of folks in order to photograph them. And his interest in people and his passion for getting to know them is genuine: not driven by a particular agenda or by the desire to simply take their picture. Jez truly loves people, and he has had this passion for people and for photography since he was a little boy.'

'I am grateful to have had the opportunity to interview Jez, an artist with such singular focus, as we worked our way through the ups and downs of his fascinating life and his over 20 year career. Years ago when I was in seminary, one of my professors had a favorite saying: "To be a Jack of all trades is to be a master of none." Jez with his singular vision and focus is, indeed, a master photographer.'

As I was saying to Steve she is much more eloquent on the subject of me than I am.............. hehehe....... its got to be worth a read ......... it has to be a bit of a collectors item frankly..... at least for me and my mom........ hehehehe........ I think it should be pretty cool........ amazingly I've still not read or seen it as I am still on the road....... but hey I am looking forward to it ....... :-))

You can get copies of this Art Book/ Magazine at Main Street Rag if you are curious....... :-))

Cheers Jez XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

PS....... Sorry about ripping off the content of your blog Steve..... :-))

PPS...... Thanks again Lynda ..... :-)) Greg tells me you have sent me a nice little something in with the magazines :-)) Greg will not say what.......Mysterious? Anyway......... thats so lovely....... thanks for that and thanks for showing such a keen interest in me and my photography :-))

PPPS....... Sorry if this makes no sense....... I got up at 5AM did a 13 hour shoot........ rolled back...... now Im editing its gone 2AM I know the usual madness ........ Ive got to get up tomorrow to fly out to JFK New York then fly on to LHR London.............. its nutz i know.... :-)) XXXXXXXXX

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