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I began using a plastic camera in an effort to access the intuitive and visual right-brain while not engaging the organized, logical and analytical left-brain. My thought was that if the photographic act could be simplified and made more playful that the creative right-side of the brain would have a greater involvement in the process. The resulting images, flawed with unpredictable vingetting and unfocused areas, beyond the Diana’s usual lack of sharpness and centrifugal illumination, suited my vision. After using the plastic camera exclusively for twenty-five years I turned to the use of a digital camera and computer to continue my work.
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Photographing is a way of life. It becomes part of daily life, whether we are at home, running an errand or vacationing. We all need daily sustenance but some of us need daily visual sustenance to feed our souls as well. James Hillman, one of the most innovative and insightful psychologists of this century and the last, said “by soul I mean the imaginative possibility in our natures, the experiencing through reflective speculation, dream, image, fantasy-that mode which recognizes all realities as primarily symbolic or metaphorical.” Hillman’s emphasis was on psychology as a way of seeing and imaging, on a way of envisioning being human. We do not look upon an image but rather we are inside the image.
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Thus, perhaps what we photograph is what we are, or what we are becoming or hope to become. How we see, what we see, where we are drawn comes from our soul. I am drawn to ordinary moments, mundane instances, simple graces, the little things that richen my soul and are in turn imbued with personal meaning. My images come from daily life, which emanate from the experiences that ground me in my world.
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I lean toward the primal, ambiguous, half told stories, which spring from the makings of confused dreams and subconscious stirrings. I am after an otherworldly aura, in a time wrapping, ageless image that feels as if it could have been drawn from an archetypal memory-bank.
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These images are hinged together in circular time rather than linear. One is no older or newer than the next. They are all part of a centrifugally expanding body of work driven by the same goal, to scratch the surface and reveal the essence of the thing itself, of a moment in time, of the inherent metaphor, all in an effort to delve into a mythical realm of imagery, while feeding my soul.
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As a photographer I see both my history and my future in photographs, a sort of visual diary of where I have been and where I am going metaphorically speaking. I photograph from the heart, intentionally trying to leave my censuring consciousness out of the equation.
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While documentary images can inform society of needed change, less concrete images can inform our universal soul and guide us toward a better world as well. Feed the soul well, for we are what we eat.