"Presence," is a website presentation of my recent solo exhibit of selected Black & White photographs spanning the 1970s to the present at the Scarsdale Library.
Photography provides a means of capturing the grace of the natural physical world and presenting my interpretation in tangible form to the viewer. The photograph invites the viewer "to step into" and experience the image.
I named the exhibit "Presence" with regard to the two seemingly divergent meanings of the word and their relevance to artistic photography:
First: A physical presence
- that of the subject and photographer and then, a visual presence - of the viewer.
Second and of equal importance:
- "Presence" as something not seen, I.e. Non-physical.
For me making a photograph often takes place on more than one level. Subjects, whether animate or inanimate, landscapes or detailed close-ups, may inherently be beautiful and photogenic. However, a subject, alone or in context of its environment, may convey more than a purely physical presence. That "other presence" might be described, for example, as mood, spirit or symbol - something that stirs emotion..
To illustrate, when photographing a water tower and abandoned building on a rainy and overcast day, I sensed a strong feeling of loneliness and darkness. That un-seen presence or mood made a vivid impression upon me and ultimately influenced how I saw the overall scene.
As an artist, the depth of my response to the subject and recognition of a layered "presence" enhances my ability to interpret the image. As a result, my interpretation determines how I ultimately print and present the final image for others to see. In other words, the image I present to the viewer imparts my personal interpretation of the subject.
In selecting photographs for my exhibit, I searched thru images to find those which, at the time I made the photograph, evoked a strong connection and meaningful emotional response.
The process of making these photographs and grouping them for the exhibit brought great satisfaction. I hope you, the viewer, will find that some images call to you. Enjoy the photographs not only for the subject, but also for whatever feeling they may impart or bring forth for you.