Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

A Second Glance

The photograph pretends to be objective, as if it shows what is truly in its frame.  It is actually very subjective, manipulated even, because the photographer tries to catch something that isn't obvious, or that may only exist in the moment... photography is about creating a second glance.  If it doesn't foreground itself as interesting or mysterious or intentionally simple, what is there to grab the eye?  
I've been playing around with reflections, and trying to catch new perspectives.
The photo above shows foreground (the window with the shadow) and background (the arched window), and what is behind the camera (the buildings), which technically shouldn't be seen.

{a small puddle, the kind no one notices... contains images on ashpalt}

A second glance is required for any sort of art... what would the point of a poem or painting or album be if you could "get it" upon first glance?  A certain complexity, or obscurity, is required.  Art ought to lead to questions, and then more questions, as if it is continually out of reach.  

I am interested in the frame of the picture, and moreover, finding a new frame inside that frame.  
{a mirror behind ferns?!}
I am interested in the combination of foreground and background, and juxtaposing the subject and the object.  This means getting caught in the picture.

{A window of the mind?  Accidents can be pretty cool.}