Between the Lines
The final Find Your Eye course assignment: a careful and thoughtful review of our Inspiration File, searching for the themes, the commonalities, the threads of connection that wind through our work. Confronted with my favorite images, culled from my archives from the past year, I was struck by a new insight:
My images are hard.
Hard-edged. Dominated by lines, textures and patterns. Geometric and abstract.
Hard light. Strong shadows; high contrast. The interaction of light and shade.
Hard surfaces. Glass, concrete, metal, brick.
As Arte Johnson used to say…verrrry interesting. But what I am still pondering is what this means exactly.
I understand that my images are not softened with natural elements or given an emotional ingredient by including people or animals. There is no motion or physicality – my images are fairly static. I fill the frame with the details that interest me; perhaps providing only a partial view of my subject.
Sometimes I wonder if these features will prevent others from engaging with my work; that I have provided nothing for the viewer to relate to. And while I understand that I create photographs for myself, we all want others to connect with our work. To me, these images have their own stark and simple beauty. But do others see what I see? Can they appreciate what I find out in the world? Or do others find my images sterile and cold? By my desire for perfection, do I make my images lifeless?
Ahhh, things to contemplate and consider as I move on to the next course in the Finding Your Eye series: Journey of Recognition. Thanks to Kat and my classmates for their insights and support throughout.