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Rumney, New Hampshire USA
Knee Deep in Zebras
Fine Art Photography
When creating an image, invariably, I am looking to create an impact and often torn between trying to disguise my treachery and flaunting it. Most of the time I chose to flaunt it as I have in this image, “Knee Deep in Zebras” a monochrome image combining several different photos of Zebras in one somewhat hypnotic image – ignoring the traditional lines and mixing and extending them in a manner that takes up most of the frame. The image serves as the basis of 3 short, signed limited editions of 10 19- x 24- prints each in monochrome, blue and brown.
For me a straight photograph is rarely enough to capture the essence of what I am seeking to express. Don’t get me wrong. I have a deep appreciation for the pure photograph as art. I think that Dorothea Lange or Ansel Adams or Minor White are extraordinary artists and a “simple” color or black and white image can have the impact or beauty of any great work of art. However, for me I generally want to make the art of creating an image a process that goes beyond the simply art form to what I have termed a “dreamlike quintessentialism” designed to spark an emotional response from the viewer. Even now as the words escape my figurative lips they seem contrived, arrogant – an affectation. Yet, for the life of me I can’t find a more apt way to explain either the process or the outcome when I undertake to create an image. Perhaps it is a measure of my own failing as an artist that I can only rarely capture an image that I find satisfying without my intervention.
It works for me, it may not work for you or you may find it as compelling as do I. That’s what makes the world an interesting place and that’s what achieves dreamlike quintessentialism in my own universe.
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