The Lift Bridge and Trees in Mist, January 21, 2018 Chicago River, Chinatown, Chicago
January 21, 2018
Chicago River in Ping Tom Park
The Lift Bridge in the Fog at Ping Tom Park, Chicago, Il
January 21, 2018
I make black-and-white photographs.
I’m interested in interconnection and so understanding our relationship to each other and the landscape as a spiritual matter, but also in practical terms. How does this relationship, this experience, inform our thoughts, words, and actions?
It matters because we’re in an especially delicate place as a planet-our survival and the potential thriving of our species and all species we share this planet-time with, depends on what we do; not only now but in the future. The ripple effect of all our tiny actions matter.
Like when you’re standing at the lakefront, or anyplace outdoors, how does it make you feel? Do you feel separated from or connected to the world around you? How do those feelings and beliefs inform what you do and how you treat that world?
For my entire life reaching as far back as I can remember, which varies at times in range, from perhaps the age of three or four and up, and occasionally even earlier, to those times before the acquisition of language, before the capacity to name.
I have distinct and specific memories of lying on the couch, or a bed for one reason or another: perhaps having been told to take a nap, or as an adult choosing to take a break, perhaps feeling depressed or sick, and other times savoring the beauty, the simple beauty of light as it fell through the window, or from a light on the ceiling, as it met the corner of the room, and sometimes the window.
These moments have always and still do contain an entire universe of possible emotions, a sense of deep connection to all that is; this deep feeling of potential, and at the same time a deep anxiety at the possibility of missed potential, missed opportunity.
I realize I still have that same exact set of feelings now.
The feelings vary; sometimes anxiety, sometimes joy, sometimes anticipation, the full range of human emotions.
My work arises from a desire to understand the ongoing stream of felt experiences along the full emotional continuum. This occurs via direct experiential processing, an ongoing , intuitive development of a visual photographic vocabulary.
This lexicon seeks to make visible the invisible: what do we see and how does it impact us and how are we in relationship to it?
It confronts the fundamental reality of suffering; our confusions about connection and disconnection.
My work seeks meet our experiences of suffering with an authentic wrestling with the right kind of problems; that is, those which ask questions, the asking of which and the attempts at answering have deep and consequential meaning that continue to generate profound meaning in our lives.
The work seeks to alleviate existential suffering by offering moments of contemplation of beauty and connection even in some of the most unusual places.
It’s seeks to help us turn and face our fears rather than run from them. The images arrive from a desire to find places of connection rather than being caught and confused by apparent separations encountered in every day reality.
Sometimes it’s just about trusting that impulse and making the frame work and letting go of whatever you thought you were doing.
When we can tune into the subtle impulses and sensations in the body and mind…we can make images that surprise.
It’s not about hunting but discovering.
Exhale- let go. What do you feel? Wait. What else?
What have discovered lately?
And even more, sometimes we can pause and recognize that same glow which is our own divine light shining from within. We can see this in ourselves and all the beings it’s whom we share this planet, this time.
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I invite you into this space of pausing, of awareness. Let’s be in it together shall we? Lay down our arguments large and small. Let’s imagine all those matters as possibly petty in an ultimate sense. We can always pick them up again later.