I love the photographic work by hockney, what he calls "joiners". it is a type of photo collage, a large grouping of many small photographs of a single subject. there is a certain affinity to cubism in his photo work, as shown in the above example "pearblossom highway #2"
i was introduced to hockney while in school and have always since remembered his pieces. this series are his swimming pool paintings from 1967. they are my favorite. i particularly like his vision of the way water reflects the sunlight. it is so simple yet designed. the colors are striking and the concept so exemplifies the grandness of swimming in warm los angeles summer heat. sometimes when i look at these paintings i get a feeling of nostalgia, as if i am really there at that moment. perhaps "the swimming pool" brings back many positive childhood memories. i also enjoy the art deco feel of these images. they remind me of julius shulman's architecture shots of l.a. homes. if you have never seen them, stay tuned. i will post some at a later date.