Well, I thought I was done with making photographs before the upcoming exhibition. But on Wednesday a few things presented themselves and I had to pay attention. At times when I least expect it, a photograph presents itself.
The fact that I am entering a new chapter in my photography, and as I am in the midst of editing for our upcoming exhibit, my view of photography continues to clarify. And, what I experienced this past week validates what I have been thinking and feeling.
When I am photographing I feel and sense the spirit of what I am seeing. The "design" of the subject or scene (natural or manmade, intentional or incidental) becomes an integral of the final composition. I examine and present nature's and/or man's mark, the combination of which is often society's response to my subject. The resulting photograph shows the condition and existence of the subject within a context, literal or metaphorical. That being said, trying to recreate my feelings and perception through a lens and onto film via this machine, the camera, is incredibly difficult and at times more than frustrating.
As I imply in my artist statement, which I will post directly below Satch's photograph, I photograph within the environment that I know or find myself in - the world in which I live. I do not find it necessary to travel to a locale to make photographs that present something exotic, unfamiliar or detached from my day to day existence. Rather I endeavor to delve into my surroundings within the scope of where I live my life.
When I first read Edward Henry Satchwill III's poem "Societal Instincts" I became more acutely aware of what I was trying to say with my photography and the "Truth From Perceptions" concept was born. (Full disclosure - Edward Henry Satchwill III is my nephew. His poetry continually provides inspiration, and I thank him for that.)
My future photography will continue to be informed by these ideas. As I enter a new chapter both photographically and in my life, which will be discussed in detail at a later date, these ideas and concepts will continue to inform and guide my work.
|Ron with his Polaroid Camera, Photograph by Satch, 11/23/2011|
You can read the poem "Societal Instincts" at this previous post.
My Artist Statement:
I aspire to discover and reveal the spiritual essence and truth of my environment. For me, photography is a vital element of life; it is esoteric and abstract, yet temporal and existent.