I want to take a couple of minutes to write this out, more for my own record than of anything else.
It’s about change. Change in me and how I look feel and respond to images. There are times when I listen to classical music that all I can hear is the technical prowess of the player, Beethoven is a good example of this. Sometimes his music sounds like a technical exercise and the music gets lost behind the intricate playing of the instrument, typically a piano, and, while this is good for someone who relishes the ability to play the emotion behind the music gets lost.
So when in the past I looked at some images they may feel very well taken and exposed technically perfect but lacking in anything that grabbed me. However, over the past few weeks, I have noticed a distinct change in this pattern.
I have the thought that this may, in part, be a response to looking at more images and more detail within the image, understanding some of the theory behind it, moving away from single “impact images” not trying so hard to create something, taking time, could be any one of these or a combination of all of these factors, or it could be something else entirely different, what I am aware of is that to understand these image we have to ask questions of them. They are my questions not what someone else says but with enough goading I can see where some of the other commentators come from, although I do find some of their writing a little over the top and not really reflecting on the images. A case in point would be with Soth and the comments by Anne Wilks Tucker, regardless of this, however, it is a quantum shift in what I see and how I relate to them. I have always been aware of the messages and stories I have to get out now I understand a little clearer the idea of concept and the small building block within an image that allow a viewer to look at the image their eyes wander around it while they build up their own picture within the one I have created, form their own questions and responses rather than trying to give them all the entire story in one go. I am not even sure that last point is possible.
Like good music, the viewer has to have space to move and ponder the image, create their own stories and relate to it in their own way. This is true of documentary, where it is easier to transmit exactly what is going on, to abstract where the spaces have to be huge but with an underlying theme.
What does this piece of music mean to you