24 carat gold, museum glass, museum board
signed, titled, verso
image size 15 x 15 cm, framed size 33 x 33 cm
edition of 5, unique variants
Publication in the Magazine “THE HAND”
The work “Near” of this series was selected and published in the 30th issue of THE HAND.
Portfolio Review Feedback (LensCulture 2020)
I would like to share an excerpt of a wonderful portfolio review I received from LensCulture.
…You are obviously a skilled photographer with a strong sense of what is going on around you. The existential nature of the images is expressed through the way light and darkness, silver and gold co-exist in a sense of wholeness in the photos. Not only does this interplay serve to heighten your expression of intimacy with these subjects, it also creates a lot of visual drama.
You capture scenes of the natural environment, places where stillness and motion coincide. These perceptive images appear to capture isolated fragments of your life, each standing in the spotlight of your attention, mingling with the natural elements. You obviously love the drama and beauty of natural light! Your photos are certainly evidence of your passion. Your series seems inspired by the mystery of water, earth, and sky. The appearance of the photos is then reworked by your creative work with gold and painterly washes. The artist’s hand is evident in the photos, making each one unique and precious.
Your photos communicate your visionary experiences with these subjects, in these places, at these points in time. The combination of your focused awareness and these landscapes are powerful for you and your experience. This translates into a powerful experience for the viewer! The photos are mysterious and could easily be metaphors for the interior landscape of feelings and emotions. Plus, they are stunningly beautiful!
Looking at your portfolio I think that by the way you composed your images you certainly create a narrative experience for the viewer. It appears that you are working on making landscape photos in a unique, artistic, and creative way. It also appears that your work is designed to share your unique vision through printing on metal and using your hands to rework the images. Through composition and conversion through alternative processes, you transform these landscapes into the dramatic scenes you envision.
I can imagine that you were able to travel to these places and capture the scenes that caught YOUR eye – out of the infinite photographic possibilities that arise in these places – the same scenes that would likely go unnoticed by others and may never be seen by most. The thing that makes these photos unique is the way you chose to compose and capture them. The centrally composed scenes you capture are very beautiful, full of sensual, fluid shapes and textures of water, earth, feathers, leaves, and sky. You place the viewer behind your camera, imagining what it would be like to be looking through the lens into these interpretive, natural spaces.
When I look at the group of photos as a whole, they blur the lines between pictorialist photography, landscape, and fine art. The portfolio, for me, indicates that you want to make meaningful photos that show others scenes you imagine as dark, theatrical bodies, and painterly textures. The high contrast images can also be seen as highly detailed portraits of the environments themselves. The viewer is prompted to wonder what it would be like to be immersed in these places, where the places are, and how the photographer came to find these places. And how you were able to transform them through your stylistic approach! You make photos in available light and capture images that could be environments created purely out of your imagination! In this way, the photos are profoundly creative. There is a sense of solitude and isolation, as thought the photographer (viewer) was the last person on earth.
I think that process is also a very important part of your interest in making these photos. It seems that you found a way to bring your hand craftsmanship into a photographic process that has largely removed the hand of the artist. In digital photography there is no place in the process to revel in the imperfections or the happy accident. You have found a way to allow imperfections to come through in a way that brings depth and character back into hand crafted photography! Also the backgrounds you use reveal a lot about the stories you are telling here. In most of the images, the backgrounds are like blankets of sky and water. The viewer compares, contrasts, and finds meaning from the resulting visual conversation that is happening between the secluded environments and the trees and textured structures rising from that environment. For me, the images are powerful in a group, but they are also interesting as individual photos. Everything in the way you compose and design of these painterly, creative images is deliberate.
Your images are very dynamic. They are full of observations and questions about life, solitude, and beauty! Your images prove that being observant and creative is very exciting and who knows where it will lead…