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The Images Speak for Themselves

February 21, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Eggs and Onions, Camaguey

The Images Speak for Themselves

I am grateful to a good friend who showed me a portfolio of her work recently. What struck me most was the consistency of her vision and the intimacy with her subject matter. I thought of my own work, of 'soul images', ones that presented themselves to me because I was open to their message. What was it about these images that stood out as a consistent thread in my work? The simplicity, the framing, the camera to subject distance and setting all contribute to a way of seeing, one that is not a just a documentation.

                      

I love old stuff, traditional ways and mystery. Anyone who knows me will vouch for this...the rustier the better! I have often asked myself why? I think it has to do with a perceived vulnerability; what was once important and valued is now cast aside. Who will tell their story if not me? I am moved to photograph by a sense of timelessness, spirituality and presence; cast aside they are now in eternal waiting. Before they are forgotten completely, a moment is shared with the viewer. I am moved by the recognition of value for their once important role, small as it might be; for the sense of timelessness, and for their story. These subjects have a spirituality and presence; cast aside they are now in eternal waiting. Before they are forgotten completely, a moment is shared with the viewer through the camera.

                                                                    

I am drawn to the sense of simplicity and purpose of everyday objects. In the case of both the 'Copper Kettle' and 'Three Amigos', there was something that made me look twice, a presence, a calling out; I had to make the image. The resulting are portraits of a brief moment in time, and reflect the sense of authenticity I continue to grow towards. Because of the spontaneity and intuitive nature of these images, the process is free from inner distractions. How does one shed the expectations of what constitutes a good photograph, and become aware of a world of detail and the value of a brief emotional connection? One could say by taking more pictures; but also by cultivating a sense of mindfulness and attentiveness every waking moment. Pictures of the deepest vision from the heart, images that speak for themselves, take the artist on a journey to a place of certainty we all hope to find.

 


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