Note: Some of the photos in this post may not be suitable for all audiences.
I'm way behind on blog posts. But I still want to document some of the great things I've seen in the last few months. Like a show I saw at the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York City titled, Robert Mapplethorpe: 50 Americans. Unfortunately, it's long since closed so you can't see it. But here was the idea: Ask 50 Americans, one from each of the 50 United States, to select their favorite Robert Mapplethorpe photograph. It was extra fun because most of those selecting photographs have no real experience with Mapplethorpe or fine art.
This would be a great show just because of the incredible Mapplethorpe prints. These photographs remind you that even though digital photography is spectacular, there is nothing like a meticulously hand-printed photograph. But the show added an extra element thanks to the comments of ordinary people talking about the work of one of America's great photographers. So here are some of the photographs I like best with notes about who picked each and why. (By the way, these photos of photos aren't perfect because I took them with my trusty digital camera which had a hard time dealing with the reflections.)