Messages from Readers
by Dr. Stanley McCracken, Lecturer, University of Chicago
“I see something different every time I pick it up though the emotional impression remains the same. I particularly like your use of split photos mixed with words. I love the dual perspectives and mixing those with the single photos. I also really like the flow of the story, both with pictures and text. It really tells the story of living in the city. It reminded me of my experience of moving from Portland, Oregon to Chicago 40 years ago. The images you captured were how I experienced living in Chicago…and still experience the city after four decades. It is a good reminder to look more mindfully.”
by Dr. Margaret Tormay
“On the Way is about a journey, one taken through a day in an urban landscape. But it could just as easily be about our journey through a lifetime. This beautifully reproduced gem of a book cannot be approached in a linear fashion. It is best approached by sitting quietly and undisturbed with it’s images and words. In doing so, you will be rewarded by unlocking a personal richness meant only for you.
This work is a collection of images and words …a dream. One realizes that the images are primary and serve to evoke the words and meaning. Indeed, the book begins with the image of the man sleeping in a commuter train, and the words, ‘in the midst of a dream a journey began.’ This work is a dream put to paper, and invites us to sit with the images and find our own meaning, our own interpretation.
As someone working in mental health. I often am asked, ‘Will things get better?’ I answer that things in life do not get better, they get different. And it is the finding of the ‘better’ in the different, that propels us forward. To understand this is to have hope.
On the Way is a book, a poem, a dream … about hope. The journey through the different to find the better: identity, connection and our own personal freedom. Approach this work as a dream, and it’s evocations, put to words and images. In doing so, you will find your own interpretation full of a richness meant just for you.”
“Hart Ginsburg has created a thoughtful, sometimes dream-like sequence of photographs of urban life. Its images and fragments of language suggest that people in cities are both lonely and also seeking meaning. When I first looked at these photographs, I thought of that great city photographer Bill Cunningham, whose eye was trained to spot the quirks and charms of fashion on the streets of New York. But Ginsburg isn’t really concerned with what people are wearing; rather he captures many people in isolation – on a train and in front of a church, looking at cell phones and taking selfies, people who may be despairing or simply sleeping.
‘Rediscover ourselves amongst many faces…’ ‘we stay connected on our journey back home…’ In the words that accompany his photographs, Ginsburg makes us feel we are in a dream, where the connection between text and image is clear and fragile at once. I like the sense of humanity in these photos, the way that individuals – blacks, whites, Muslims, Asians, the young and old and even dogs and a horse – are granted a quiet dignity.”