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Signs of Life
From my early days in art school, I have been immensely drawn to Stieglitz’s theory of equivalents. I remember when I first heard about the term, and the work of Minor White and others, I had a feeling of being home. I was much younger then, and I’m not sure I even knew why this resonated so deeply in me. But for better or for worse, I have always been someone drawn to feeling, and to emotional experience. For me, the most fulfilling photography I have done has approached the idea that there is more to the world then objective reality. When I can produce images that hint at the mystery, the unknown or the psychological experience of being a human being I feel that I am approaching my aim as an artist. I believe passionately in the notion of art as catalyst to stimulate the heart, the mind and the memory. I am trying to tell stories, but I recognize that people will construct their own meaning if there is an element of the unfamiliar or unexpected in an image. I do not need for our stories to align with each other. As Minor White described one aspect of Equivalents, it is that the image functions both as an objective representation of something that was photographed, as well as a spontaneous symbol that arises in the viewer at the moment of observation and touches something inside of them in a corresponding way. In creating the work in “Signs of Life”, I have employed a digital combination of images, as well as some drawing, scratching etc. on the prints so as to elicit different levels of experience. The images that I have chosen to utilize with each piece arise out of significant experimentation, many, many images, and a huge amount of intuition. When the work approaches the internal feeling I am striving to evoke, I do have a moment of recognition.