Petit's Mobil Station by George Tice
Due to an unreasonably huge email backlog, I missed the boat on replying to Jörg's request to contribute to his very awesome What Makes a Great Photo? post. I figured I'd respond here, because it's a question I think about a lot, and it's an opportunity for me to post the George Tice photo I've been obsessing about since I was out at PhotoLA.
There is some irony in the fact that it's a gas station photo that's caught my fancy. Gas stations are the stuff that cliches are made of. And yet, I can think of three that I love a lot right off the top of my head: Tice's, Alec's Cemetery, Fountain City, WI and Tema Stauffer's Gas Station.
My criteria for greatness are pretty simple:
- I can't stop thinking about it.
- It makes me want to tell a story.
I always feel like a show at the gallery is successful when people who come through start telling me stories about what's going on in the photos. Obviously, that's a very specific type of photo, but it's the type I love best.