Seeing in Metaphor

November 11, 2020  •  1 Comment

 

Seeing in Metaphor

Rails, Rocky PointRails, Rocky Point

At the risk of sounding repetitive (as my students will most surely attest…) one of the most

significant journeys of the past few months has been the importance of metaphor…in the

feelings, subject and symbolism inherent in our photographs.

 

12. Counting House12. Counting House

 

I have become more aware of metaphor and my emotions inherent in my work of

late; I attribute this to the expansive experiences teaching the subject this summer and the

recently concluded Block Island in Black and White Photography Workshops. In the thread of

my creative work, I have wondered why some subjects appeal to me more than others in

various times in my life.

Lately, it is the vanishing rural wooden architecture in our countryside. Barns, chicken

coops, sheds and their accompanying foundations, stone walls, rutted dirt roads and ancient

trees in my eyes all have presence and personality. The documentarian in me photographs

to preserve; the artist in me makes a personal relationship to the same with a more intimate

connection. There is the emergence of the abstract; a cloth caught on a nail, a bit

of rusted hardware forming the features of a face. This is playful for me; I attribute this

growth to trusting in the process, with a more practiced eye, going with the flow;

not attempting to make connections that do not exist.

 

After the Rains, Block IslandAfter the Rains, Block Island

Whether intentional or

subliminal, our photographs are reflective of our emotions and present life conditions. Many

times, the inference will be beyond our understanding; changes show up in our dreams and

creative endeavors long before they become apparent to our conscious thinking. Yet, there is

a constant presence that is interwoven in all of the subjects I embrace. I recognize this as an

achievement; a threshold crossed, to know that although I am intrigued with many subjects

and genres, it is the inner me that sees.

 

 

Metaphor and the exploration of feelings is an infinite well of creativity. I applaud my

students’ embracing a new visual and emotional language.

Our journey continues,

together.

 

 


Comments

Sylvia Hampton(non-registered)
Yes, thank you. Have been waffling between the concrete, the abstract and you are drawing my attention further into the metaphor. (See my piece "The Hand on the Rafter," as something I rethought.
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