A new theme that inspires me lately is the world of forms, patterns, and textures. Such as they manifest themselves around us, in nature as well as in culture, on a widely diverse scale and in entirely different materials and settings, while displaying surprising similarities from one to the other. Round forms and others curved or sinuous; spirals, radials, lines, crosses, polygons, networks, branching etc. Once watchful for it you will become aware of them in nearly every object or scene you rest your eye on.
Alertness for forms and patterns is as old as life on earth and nothing less than a prerequisite for survival of plants (yes, indeed!) animals and men in nature. Identifying and naming forms and patterns advanced as language, writing and analytical perception expanded. The targeted study of it, the geometrical science, had its roots among the ancient Greek philosophers: Plato, Aristoteles and Pythagoras. With time, notably from the early 20th century onwards, the study and classification in this domain became increasingly exhaustive and academic.
My focus in this project is rather on the imagery and the aesthetics than on theoretical aspects.
Welcome on my recently upgraded website. I hope this new version meets with the key requirements expected for such a site: give an adequate overview of my photographic work as a whole, while accentuating what is new today. In this “Intro” I will throw in alternating “bon mots” and quotations or comment on something new in the world of photography that strikes, pleases or displeases me.
Just so, in a photo magazine of some time ago, I ran into a statement articulated by a photographer as follows: “Rather than a photographer I think of myself as an artist. I use the medium photography the way a painter uses paint and brush” Ad nauseam that senseless issue is raised in all manner of arguments: “Can photography be considered an art form?” Sure it can, certainly in a cultural climate where the oddest ideas, projects and objects, like a urinal attached to a museum wall, are considered art.
My own ideas as to the artistic aspects of photography run as follows: “Photography owes her distinctive place as a unique visual craft to her unfalsified core values: a chosen frame from the ambient reality, a split second in time, the proper light. To create beauty with just these key instruments is the real art of photography; staging or whichever other arty exploits make it into something different.”