Strangeness of Seeing

These densely textured manifestations of nature are about the meaning of detail, both clear and obscured. An intimacy evolves when examining the forms and circumstances of plant life—an experience common to people everywhere. Colors, however, are seen differently by individual persons. Colors also receive symbolic attributes that differ from one culture to another.

Following the primary photographic actions of flattening three dimensions and stopping time, alterations are made to color, tone, and contrast for each image. The selective focus and/or movement of the original is retained, giving some images the energy of expressionism, and others a serene feeling.

Although these images are somewhat recognizable, the tight compositions hover at the border between representation and abstraction. What it is becomes less important the more one looks. The overall flatness and unfamiliar color reduce the usual desire to know the place and the familiar connection of dimension. These interpretations approach a visually dimensionless state.

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In the general sense of abstracting through tonal alteration, this is a continuation of two previous series: Nothing, in the World (2014) and Zone of Transformation (2015). However, Strangeness of Seeing maintains the familiar orientation of each image, so they are more identifiable, as a means to focus on detail.

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2016
Prints available in an edition of five each, 20 x 30 inches (51 x 76 cm), printed on Hahnemühle Rice Paper.

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An inexpensive, print-on-demand book showing the entire series is available from MagCloud.com at:

www.magcloud.com/browse/magazine/371349

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Strangeness of Seeing is available as a set of two handmade books in a clamshell box. It can be seen at:

https://vimeo.com/275309272