Civilized ku# 4051 / ku # 1386 ~ simple is as simple does

morning light ~ Au Sable Forks, NY - in the Adirondack PARK

AM fog / East Branch Au Sable River ~ Au Sable Forks, NY - in the Adirondack PARK

Moving away from Japanese aesthetics and cultural paradigms, let me offer a few of my thoughts, re: making my pictures.

Simply stated, I am drawn to making pictures of mudane and ubiquitous details of life as found and seen as I move about the world around me. Many, if not most, of those details are not in and of themselves beautiful as commonly defined and understood in the classic definition of the word. However, I truly believe that I can make objects of beauty - photographic prints - through the employ of my ability to observe, record and present those referents which prick my eye and sensibilities. An ability which seems to me to be an innate / preternatural part of my being.

If you will, consider this picture making M.O. as an embrace of what is (as I see it). It is not a pursuit of perfection, neither in the characteristics of the referents I picture nor in my printed representation thereof. In my print making, I do strive for a certain level of "purity" of color for the purpose of presenting the pictured referent "as is" - inasmuch as the medium and its apparatus allow. In other words, to avoid amping up color in order to pretty things up.

At its most basic root level, I believe that picture making, Photographic Division, is all about the simple act of observation albeit with the open mind set of believing that everything can be fodder for a good picture.