I thought I would pull a "John Kelly" and utilize a link as a jumping off point for discussion. (No disprespect intended, John. You came to mind when I thought of posting the link.) http://megawordsmagazine.com/zoe-strauss/ A number of thoughts after looking at this interview...both the words and the accompanying photographs. She talks about different kinds of her photographs (people, signs, buildings): "I feel like all three are connected and they all need each other to have resonance. They need to kind of bounce off of each other to really have the kind of epic scope that I’m looking for—or hope to achieve." The way we group our own images: perhaps obvious resonance ("Street", "Landscapes", "Migrant Farm Workers"), or subtle resonance, or obscure (to most viewers) resonance. Her method of working with people and the interviewer's distinction between the world the subjects live in and the world inhabited by Strauss and the interviewer. I didn't take it as snobbery, but it registered. And her response when asked what her "epic scope" actually is. Nary a speck of fluff to be found in her words. Or her images. I suspect the latter work better overall if seen as a body of work, rather than individually. Seems to me that they do indeed need each other to have resonance. Imagine a Critique Forum response to her Christmas shot as a standalone. Do we take shots like that? I probably wouldn't. Not lately. In the past, perhaps, as an "oh look at that!" kind of snap. Not that I disdain it, but I wouldn't see it as Strauss apparently does, the resonance. Or does she see it as an "oh look at that!" snap? Odd, to talk about a photograph that way. It's a shot of cluttered Christmas decorations. Or is it? "A" and "A prime" again. I know...some look upon this as navel gazing. But to me it's more than that. It's seeing beyond the see. It's not being enamored by her work, or wanting to emulate it. It's the dim awareness of her concept, or perhaps better to say it's being a witness to her own dim awareness of her reaching toward a concept...the epic scope. It's the search for what is hidden, but hidden in plain sight. Somewhere, a pond of outsize bream await us.