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Space in Photographic Images – Room to Wonder

November 5th, 2010 No comments

I am always looking at the images in my print catalog from different angles and in different groupings. I think doing that helps me to see and clarify what I am working on. Sometimes I know that 3 or 4 images really belong together in some hidden sympathy… but I can’t quite put my finger on what that vibration is. Seeing another artist’s work or hearing about their creative process can trigger an avalanche of associations and connections to my own work. Connections that I knew were there but couldn’t articulate. This helps me to hone in on my own vision. And it gives me a jolt of creative juice.

A few days ago, I received some photos from my friend, Diana Jahns . I had asked her to tell me what she is doing artistically and what she is excited about.  I quickly read her email and browsed her images and was IMMEDIATELY inspired. I love the space in her images. What I call “space” is physical (like the placement of objects in the image) but also something more.  I am attracted to art that has room to breathe. I appreciate images that cause me to be filled with wonder and a sense of the unknowable, a sense of mystery. An image such as this gives me the sense that I have time and space to let my imagination run free.

So today, I looked through some of my images for examples of this kind of spaciousness in my own photography. These ones I’ve posted here give me a sense of peace, lusciousness and mystery. Maybe it is the horizontal lines that give them a sense of stasis and balance.  The dark spaces spark my imagination and invite exploration. I am drawn in. I hope you are too.

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