March 1 – April 29, 2018
Over the last year, I found myself becoming more and more attracted to simplicity in my photos, trying to evoke both a singular focus, and a bolder image with graphic impact.
These images were initially inspired by a photo by Edward Weston, one of his famous “Nautilus Shell” photos, which were exceptional in my mind for their purity. After seeing his work, I recognized that objects could be photographed in a studio setting, with the pure natural beauty of the image enhanced by careful capture of light, details, and the inherent forms within.
Even recently, I have driven from “busier” images to greater simplicity in my work.
I call these “Contemporary Still Lifes” because I can imagine these being painted by a skilled artist. However, whereas the painted images of old are romanticized, these photos are stark by comparison, but not “harsh.” The subjects within the photos are beautiful in themselves; my task was and is to “extract” and make more obvious the beauty that’s already there.