A Midnight Carnival
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It was after twenty-five years of studio photography that I decided to do something I had not done since I was a teenager. Go to an environment I didn't control and respond to it through my camera. In four years I’ve completed sixty photographs taken mostly in Chicago area Fairs and Carnivals. The sires is not a document of local Carnivals per say, though people sometimes enjoy it as such. I use the Carnival as a metaphor of another consciousness. This sires address the inner world of each individual viewer, rather then our outer lives together.Photographs are most often prose, but, they can also be verse. What’s interesting to me about this sires of photographs, and works like it, is the way they can drive the consciousness of a viewer. As with Music and Poetry, its the empty space, the unfinished narrative that provokes the viewer into a new place. By controlling what is in the light from shadow; in sharpness from out, I can encourage the viewer to reflect upon a narrative that may lay in their own mind. Compelled to fill a vacuum, the viewer completes the image. In a way, that image can be more real than any document made of the world.
2011 Gallery 180 Chicago IL.
2009 Lishui Festival Lishui China
2009 Jenkins Johnson Gallery New York NY.
2008 Jenkins Johnson Gallery San Francisco CA.
2007 Highland City Club Gallery Boulder CO.
2007 LensWorks Magazine #69 March / April
At the 2009 Lishui Festival I was also asked to help cut the ribbon to China's first Photography Museum.