Welcome to Photographics.
Hopefully people looking at this work will see things as they haven’t seen them before. Part of the goal here is to show things in a new light, or as the case may be, in a revealing darkness. Part of the goal is to strike a certain, indistinct chord that reverberates with a familiarity beyond that which is seen. Sometimes the goal, or at least part of it, has to be to strive to pull ideas from the subconscious. This process, often building upon improvisational techniques, especially with more abstract work, ultimately provides the viewer with the opportunity to enjoy discovering his or her own meaning behind the image, with a wink toward’s Derrida’s “freeplay of the signifier.” Yet another part of the goal has to be to try to reconcile the difference between opposing elements, color and monochrome, line and form, simplicity and complexity, truth and fiction, cognition and emotion.
Each of these images is different and speaks differently, but each one has a voice. Sometimes it is difficult to let that voice be heard. Self-doubt and prejudice nag constantly and hinder any objectivity. A clear mind is a fantasy. But each image becomes itself. Sometimes they need some help along the way. Even images that are less well received have a voice. They provide perspective with which to approach the other work. They have a generosity beyond that with which they were made. They are dynamic and like a dance, they change with the music.
Creative vision can be a gift that both anchors us and liberates us. When blessed with the determination and good luck to exhibit work, it is often refreshing to learn that it speaks to others too. This is a cause for great pride. It is like someone heaping praise on your child. After all, the work is not you, but something that became itself through you. Like good deeds and children, it is often tempting to describe them in great detail, pointing out each feature and form worthy of praise, but in the end, it is usually best to let them speak for themselves. And as with raising children, family and friends prove ever so helpful with their wit, insight, honesty, encouragement, and support. I think in any statement like this, it is important to offer to them a sincere,