The My Big Gap Between Art And Editorial Photography

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My first love in the realm of art was the camera. I think that was so because it put an extra layer, a tool, between my self and the art. If an image didn’t turn out quite right, I could always blame the camera, or the darkroom, or even time. Using a camera to create art kept me at a distance from the art I created. It still does.

A few years after art school I gathered some courage and went back to school and majored in painting. It was then that I really dove in and learned abstract concepts and abstract thinking and to push the boundaries of the mediums used to make my work.

My photography is distinctly made up of two sets of work. A lot of what I do I consider to be editorial photography. Illustrations for my stories, or stories of their own. You can see a lot of it through out this site. I don’t consider my editorial work to be art. Not in any way shape or form. My editorial work is pretty much point and shoot, random, and effortless.

It took many years, actually decades, before I could push the boundaries of my photography. Prior to this my fine art was held in the realm of paint and canvas, paper and dusty drawing materials. This new thing came to me as an accident. A notion of record keeping or taking notes for something I couldn’t quite grasp. Strange blurry images caught on a computer screen. Moving images stopped in between moments. I had been studying this abstract concept of time in my painterly and sculptural work for years, so it was no surprise when I picked up on it with my camera.

The image above is from the first batch of a series that I call “L A G T I M E”, titled “LAGTIME 25”. I started this series in 2007 and it still intrigues me and I’m still working on it. The deeper I go, the more I travel into the project – and the ideas and concepts behind quantum physics, the study of which came out of wanting to understand what I was actually seeing in my own work – the more it blows my mind.

The images in this series are also about travel, but travel of a different sort, travel on many levels – the series has become location specific, multi-dimensional, and strangely thought provoking.

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