Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
Family and close friends know that I am an ardent admirer of Winston Churchill. Aside from his magnificent careers in politics and literature and that little matter of holding the candle for the free world for a time, Mr. Churchill was a prolific and accomplished painter. He had the ability to stop whatever he was doing and totally focus on his painting when he felt the need to step back from his tremendous burdens. It was a comfort and a tonic to him his entire adult life. Photography and writing give me that gift….now I’m going to add some bubbles.
I’ve written about the impact that painting has on my photography and the way it opens my eyes and heart to see things new. The visual history and legacies that have been left to us by artists since time began can inform and help to shape new work. While reading a poem by Pablo Neruda, I saw an illustration today that I liked very much. It has triggered my desire expand my thinking when I am photographing to consider subjects for other uses; for example textures as overlays, or patterns to give structure…and images, like poetry, as allusions. This is not revolutionary, but it will help me to widen my field of view and express something that is new to me. With Uelsmann and Caponigro and other masters in the field as shepherds, I’ll breathe some more life into my own journey.
These are my first attempts to see with the idea of joining elements.