Artist’s Statement

Photography is certainly an interesting and engaging passion. I hope you enjoy and are inspired by what you fine here.

My goal is to continuously improve the quality of my photographic work. This progress is not linear, nor can it be measured on only one plane. There are many different approaches toward improvement and many aspects to be considered in image and print making.

Hopefully, looking at this work, you will see things as you haven’t seen them before. Part of my goal is to show things in a new light, or as the case may be, in a revealing darkness. Part of it is to strike a certain, indistinct chord that reverberates with a familiarity beyond that which is seen. Sometimes the goal is to pull ideas from the subconscious. That process often includes building upon improvisational techniques, especially with more abstract work, and ultimately provides viewers an opportunity to discover their own meaning behind the image, with a wink toward Derrida’s “freeplay of the signifier.” Yet another part of the goal is to try to reconcile the difference between opposing elements, sharpness and blur, color and monochrome, line and form, simplicity and complexity, truth and fiction, cognition and emotion.

Sometimes older work can provide perspective with which to approach the newer work. Many of the older pieces have a generosity beyond that with which they were made. They give perspective and help the newer work along the way. Even images that are less well received have a voice. They are dynamic and like a dance, they change with the music. For this reason, it’s difficult and perhaps unnecessary to completely set old work aside, so it is in the interest of giving some perspective to the newer work that I include a link to some of my old, perhaps outdated work, in the form of my old website that can now be viewed by using the following link:  archive.paulbracey.com

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. This connection is a cause for some 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 recognition, but in the end, it is usually best to let them speak for themselves. And as with raising children or appreciating art, 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,

“Thank you.”