Eîdos comes from the Greek word meaning: something seen, the shape and form of ideas that form distinctive expression of a culture or social group. Here we explore the way ideas take their shape and form through the arts.
My wife was about to throw out these flowers that had died but I couldn’t let them go without making a photograph first. The texture and patterns of the dried out bouquet were beautiful. I feel gratitude for the beauty that exists at all stages of life and death.
A few weeks ago I was in San Francisco with my wife and we spent an early morning walking around the Palace of Fine Arts. As I watched people interact with the space I was thinking about the role art and architecture have on our ideas of community and social justice. On the one hand these faux ruins that represent Greek and Roman empires of long ago could give me a sense of power and might but on another it is a reminder of a time where philosophical debate about the needs of the many versus the needs of the few occurred.
Primordial – Upcoming Solo Exhibition by Ira Gardner at the Richmond Art Gallery in Spokane, Washington.
This upcoming solo exhibition of photographs by Ira Gardner presents an intersection of Neoplatonism and Zen art practices as a means of re-imagining a harmonious relationship between humans and nature within a framework of universal equality.
Reports of pipe bombs and the mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue yesterday dominate my thoughts today and bring me to my emotional knees in sorrow.
When the daily news is too heartbreaking to bear I am reminded of what Ansel Adams once said… “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
I made this image in downtown today while on a quiet walk with with my wife. It is the warmth of her hand and the beauty of Autumn that restores my spirit.