From Minor White: \”When I look at pictures I have made, I have forgotten what I saw in front of the camera and respond only to what I am seeing in the photographs\”.
Most of my photographs are idealised scenes, made so by selective framing to eliminate unsightly details, or the distortion of reality by plastic lens. I’m constantly dancing on a line, wondering whether it’s harmless and natural to step away from reality or whether you miss out on real life by spending your time in daydreams and looking for the magical instead of appreciating what’s really in front of you. I look at this little polaroid and I see a lovely spot by the window for reading, listening to the creaking of the wooden floorboards, feeling the sun spilling in through the glass. In reality I know what’s either side of the edge of the frame, and behind the camera, and outside the window. But they are two different places to me. the photograph, and what I photographed, are two different things.