An Artist’s Statement
I relish the visual surprise - the often commonplace image that startles me, forces me to stop, to gaze in wonder at a hidden world revealed and consider its visual appeal. Many of the photos in this show attempt to capture and evoke a sense of those moments.
The “Wall with Pipe” photo, for instance, evolved from a construction site in downtown Lexington. I reveled in the serendipity of the scene. Was the image accidental: Plaster, board, pipe and brick – pried and ripped, heedless of design, to lay bare what was and ready for what will be? Or had some ambitious art studio student made way in the night to give form, with the materials of an industrial palette, to an impromptu piece of installation art?
The image was there on a Wednesday, when this photograph was conceived, but gone when I returned two days later to enjoy again this artistic treasure. I’d like to believe a construction worker paused, if only for a moment, to gaze in wonder before covering that construction site canvas with dry wall.
My photography celebrates and attempts to impart the beauty and intensity of the visual surprise, of perhaps the ordinary and utilitarian reconceived as art. The French painter Edgar Degas expressed it well when he wrote: “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”