Lately I have been thinking about the question of “what ideas do you hold on to?” Being an artist means that I am holding on to an idea long enough to fully develop it into works of art.
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.
Yesterday I reworked an image from Half Moon Bay taken in 2012 by adding a sailboat from an image made in Los Angeles from 2009.
My current composite photographic work is about synthesizing time and distance into symbolic representations of the wisdom that is attained through life experiences and a process of self reflection.
Seemingly random moments become the patterns that have shaped my life and, upon looking back, make perfect sense and fill me with tremendous gratitude.