ARTIST STATEMENT

“The role of the artist is exactly the same as the role of the lover. If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see.” ---- James Baldwin, American novelist

 

Baldwin's words describe the very tone and purpose of my photographic work collected over the past several years. 

 

Most of my photographs have been captured at the least likely of times and in the most unexpected places. My eyes are constantly framing images ---- it has become a habit I can’t seem to break, and a gift I never want to lose. It happens at any given moment throughout my daily wanderings around town: a random scene, space or object stirs me up and pulls me in, so much so that I feel I must capture it at once.

 

I call it:  Finding unseen beauty in the ordinary.

 

Most of the time we see things in a utilitarian way: be it a tree, a puddle of water, an empty parking lot ---- we only register the minimum information needed in order to process it and move on.   However, my eyes tend to find in that very same scene or object more than what first appears, beyond what my mind has been trained to recognize it as. 

 

In my photographs, my vision comes into frame at the very moment when my eyes, my heart, and my soul converge on one plane, in perfect harmony. It is within this precise synchronicity where I hope to not only engage, connect and provoke emotion, but to transform another’s way of seeing. 

 

To rouse one’s ability to see from another perspective; to evoke a sense of consciousness that goes beyond the mere one-dimensional perception ---- that is the premise and intention of my collection. To showcase the unseen and often hidden landscape inherent within any ordinary space, based not solely on what one sees, but how one sees it. 

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