The Silent Discourse

13/03/2014 - 16:03

 

 

What is it that I am trying to express in my photography? I am not sure of the answer to that, for it varies upon each photograph that I make. The motivation is one that is most often visceral. I rarely have a specific plan of what may come to pass as a photograph, but am keen to explore the world around me, with an enquiring approach... as desire to look deeply at both the grand vista and the ‘inner landscapes’.

 

 

The stage of exploration continues until, if I am lucky, I feel an emotive response to my surroundings. It is at that point that I consider the possibilities of composition, form, light, textures that may work to convey my emotive response to enable me to make a considered photograph.

 

 

 I photograph for my own pleasure and find entire process to be meditative and ataractic - be it for a few moments or anticipating and waiting for ‘the moment to arise’. I like to think that the finished photographs themselves have some narrative element and provoke further enquiry from the viewer themselves.

 

 

“It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.”

 Eugene Ionesco

 

 

 

Taking time to absorb the quintessential essence of a place, be it wild or urban ,will have the potential to spark in us an emotive or visceral response. The soulful reaction has the power to enable us to photograph an ‘experience’ – rather than just produce a documentary record of time/space/place.

 

 

 

 If some of my photographs appeal to others; or make them feel invited into a scene; or evoke memories; or enlighten them of the places they were unaware of - then it gives me great pleasure.

 

 

 

 

      “The work of art must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself and carry you away. It is the means by which the artist conveys his passion. It is the current which he puts forth, which sweeps you along in his passion”

 Pierre-Auguste Renoir  1841-1919)

 

 

 

 

Standing waves resurging in the early civil twilight, at the end of the eastern channel

of 'The Island', on the Aune at South Brent, Dartmoor National Park, Devon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

John
13/03/2014 - 19:21
The best thing about a Helmsley, is that that they so often provoke an "Alice through the looking glass" experience. At a cursory glance it's like "ooh that's pretty", but look for only a little longer and you are pulled in and find yourself gazing into it. Then you realise that half an hour has passed, and your tea's gone cold.

Worth it though. Food for the soul.

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