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"Imagery is "superior to dreams in defeating the
and promoting maturation of analysis." Carl Jung
"Even as a great fish swims along the two banks of
first along the Eastern bank, and then the Western bank,
in the same way the Spirit of man moves along beside his two dwellings;
this waking world and the land of sleep and dreams."
"Occasionally a single image can be so powerful it
becomes a permanent embedded in our conscious memory.
It may even transform our awareness." Photographer Paul Smyres
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Photographic images have become an indispensible part of life in the
modern world. They permeate every part of culture, so much so that we often fail to
realize their effect on us. The people who produce these images are nearly
invisible, in many cases, since they are always behind the camera. Professional
photographers are often ignored, except in a few cases where both they and their work is
I chose photography as a medium of expression for several
reasons. First, it forces one to focus on single moments, tiny fractions of a
second. It's very exhilarating because it requires an alert concentration and deep
sense of appreciation. In my work I seek primarily to present pure beauty, a
reflection of life as it is. Consequently, I rarely use any filter except a
polarizer, unless I'm shooting in black and white. I try to extract the
beautiful and sublime from ordinary scenes. I also look for odd juxtapositions of
objects that are real, instead of being posed.
one photograph can say so much, for so long a time. Because we live in a visual age,
photography in all its forms is the medium preferred by the public, primarily because it
is instantaneous and transcends words. Occasionally a single image can be so
powerful it becomes a permanent part of our conscious memory. It may even transform
average person is bombarded daily with an immense amount of imagery, some of it horrible
or chaotic. Most of it is also moving, that is, in video form, which can be very
distracting or even disturbing. Because a moving image contains inherently more
information, it's often presumed to be more valuable. However, it is generally easier
to remember a still image. The challenge is therefore to choose which image to record
out of many possibilities.
paying close attention to those images which evoke harmony and beauty, a sense of
upliftment comes, and a realization of the many gifts that exist simply by being alive.
of the images used on the website are simply a record of common images, objects, and
situations we deal with daily but do not normally remember. I try to record those
images with as much attention to artistic principles as possible under the circumstances,
but there is deliberately a journalistic and storytelling element in many the
photos. There may be asymmetry in one or more ways, often reflecting the view that
is actually seen, not an idealized one.
of the advantages of publishing directly to the internet is the ability to immediately
crop unwanted elements of the image. This allows great flexibility in shooting, which
is important because many of the photos are shot under far less than ideal conditions, and
often with a simple camera.