The Closed Door
Cong, Ireland 2009
Contemplative photography is all about "looking inside"...inside the image and inside yourself. Sitting with my images, over time, seems to always open up an interior door and I find myself somewhere new. Not every photograph you make will lead you inside but I've found that if I sit with an image long enough...if I let it simmer for a time...it inevitably leads me someplace. This is because you never photograph anything that hasn't drawn you to it in some way. There is an element of attraction at work that deserves to be explored. Treating your images as if they hold a hidden message rather than merely documenting a place or time is a good way to begin cracking open the door...
The element of attraction is interesting. Sometimes it can't be explained: Like the time I walked past a strip of shredded tire tread that lay half on the road and half on the sidewalk. The third time I walked by, I had to photograph it. Once photographed, the metaphors slowly emerged.
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