I like the image very! At this writing I am unfortunately not familiar with Mr. Kenna's work. But Michael's image is similar in style to a large body of work produced by the late Harry Callahan during the 1940's and 1950's. (A small sample is shown on the cover of this 2001 exhibition catalog
, titled "Elemental Landscapes".) Callahan pursued this minimalist nature theme in his work over many years and, at least in my eye, perfected it. Seeing some of the prints from this work is almost hypnotic.
And this, of course, is the huge problem, the poisoned chalice that is photography: we think we are being original only to learn that it has all been done before, over and over and over again - and often better. It's part of life: each teenage generation thinks it has just invented sex, which leads to the other depressing thought: if youth but knew and age but could...
In the Coffee Shop section, under the Edouard Boubat thing, I mentioned Frank Horvat's site. Believe me, if one reads the interviews a couple of times, it opens ones eyes to this fact and also to the understanding of the futility of trying to recreate anything in the style or genre of something from the past. Magical moments, please share them if you truly love photography. And, while so doing, shed a load from weary shoulders.
Ciao - Rob C