October 15, 2009

"Molesting Post" New Masterful Photograph by Charles Foster Johnson

Johnson, Charles Foster (Naturalized Iranian), Ocean, 2009.
Collection of The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum Gaitlinburg, Tennessee
Master "hands-on" shutterbug Charles Foster Johnson's latest foray into the world of things seen but not seen is sure to bring knowing nods of awe to his adoring acolytes. Indeed, within minutes of being unveiled to the deserving few at LGF, it was garnering breathless comments such as "Marco" and "Polo." Coyly entitled "Ocean" it is already known to discerning critics and collectors of Johnson's work as, "The Molesting Post."

Today's most influential critic of fine-art photography, Ace d'Allahpundit has cracked the Johnson referential surface once again and offers up this penetrating, and exclusive, analysis:

"With 'The Molesting Post' Johnson at once presents us with what at first glance seems to be an out of focus post and bar motif set starkly against his trademark soft and fuzzy ocean with a soup├žon of foam. This, however, is only the signifying surface of his deeper signifier.
Mark how the stark black shaft of the post is topped with a broad black knob just above the cut part of the shaft. Reflect on how the top of the knob just barely intrudes into the clear off blue of the sky above after rising out of the weedy mud below. Recall that placed against the wet of the ocean the shaft and knob must obviously be, if not soaking wet, at least pleasantly slick with sea spume. Reconstructing this deconstruction of angst, desolation, dark childhood fears of being locked in the closet, plus the profound isolation of the self from the self implicit in all of Johnson's work, and we can ultimately "decode" the inner confession that lurks just beneath the surface of all of Johnson's mature work.
With 'The Molesting Post' Johnson has finally broken free of his previous inhibitions and become, at last, a mere self of his former shell. I, for one, am glad that the fierce internal pressure that writhes within Johnson's most tortured work has finally found it's release in the eternal truths of soft-focus photography."
Posted by Vanderleun at October 15, 2009 1:20 AM
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Nope. It doesn't get old.

I swear, you could just about stir up sympathy for the poor bastard.


Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at October 15, 2009 4:21 AM

Looks like one of those "leader shots" you take to advance the film (remember film?) far enough to make sure you have an unexposed frame in place.

Posted by: WWWebb at October 15, 2009 5:33 AM

Garn! He dropped the camera while walking his mutt and it clicked off accidentally.

Posted by: Frank P at October 15, 2009 5:54 AM


Genuine question here since I am fairly new to the LGF thing...

Was this guy ever a conservative?? I looked over at his website and just assumed it was another leftist-type screed.

Bill Henry

Posted by: Bill Henry at October 15, 2009 9:18 AM

Bill Henry: No, Charles was never a conservative. He was a liberal who was mugged by 9/11. Unfortunately it seems that he suffered a concussion in the mugging and his condition has begun to deteriorate.

Posted by: pst314 at October 15, 2009 9:27 AM

He was mugged by 9-11 and subsequently mugged by his bottom line. Asperger's can be an expensive disease.

Posted by: Gagdad Bob at October 15, 2009 10:04 AM

If johnson is the best you can do, you have nothing to offer me.


Posted by: Laarry Sheldon at October 15, 2009 10:49 AM

Wouldn't wanna beeya.

Posted by: vanderleun at October 15, 2009 11:03 AM

I used to hang out at LGF and it seems like they just recently really veered off into the weeds. The global warming piece that I commented on was eye opening for me. I was attacked when I questioned CJ's belief in man caused global warming. It was amazing to me. The beginning of his descent into the depths was when he started seeing racists and nazis everywhere. (I like MM and hot air)

Posted by: Duncan Winn at October 15, 2009 10:39 PM