"As an artist, I am primarily inspired by the human figure and emotion. I am drawn to its unmatched power to evoke an emotional response. I am drawn to its rich tradition as the essential motif throughout the history of art. I am drawn to the risk.
Yes, risk. The nude always straddles a fine and indistinct line between the obscene and the sublime. It commands attention, it is never innocuous. The nude speaks to us at the deepest levels of our being, an ideal ingrained in our genetic code. Its execution and style largely defines, in artistic terms, the cultures which have created (or not created) it; as our response to it hints at the nature of our own culture. The nude, for good or bad, always makes a statement.
- I believe in creativity. I do not wish to replicate the genres of the past, but to use that rich heritage in making new statements about our own times; and all times. Using juxtapositions of the old and new I strive to create work which will engage the intellect and stir the emotions.
- I believe in content. The content can be narrative, symbolic, visual, or all of the above. Content is the element that defines photography. It allows for layers of meaning in addition to the purely visual experience provided by abstract and non representational work. Yet we still have the full use of the powerful expressive tools which can make such work so exciting.
- I believe in tension. In the largest sense I mean the tensions that develop from contrasts in approach and in subject material.My work is not an attempt to synthesize new art based on the expressive power of traditional photography, combined with the energy and excitement of nonrepresentational work.
I want to know the technical means to achieve any effect or duplicate any style in photography, but I have no interest in copying those styles for their own sake. Contained within these styles and techniques is the language of photography. The more dialects of that language I speak, the richer the discourse. These various styles contain specific rules, which lend consistency to the results achieved when working within them. Breaking these rules is important to the creation of new art, but one has to know and understand the rules beforehand. Otherwise our experiments are aimless flailing, rather than serious exploration.
I want to create art which reflects the complex and ever changing world of mine.
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