I have been hesitant to share it online for several reasons, but mainly because when art is experienced virtually, it is just that, virtually experienced. With painting and sculpture we can see, if we are attentive, that we aren't really experiencing the work first hand or in person when we view it online. With photography, however, we tend to forget that a photograph is still a physical object crafted by an artist.
With some phones sporting very good cameras, photography has been at once democratized and cheapened. I believe that, just as pounding a few nails into a board doesn't make you a carpenter, taking pictures and applying filters on Instagram doesn't make you an artist. And the thing I dread most is that you will be viewing my artwork on your smartphone's tiny little screen, in whatever app you prefer, while in-dispose, rather than facing it at its intended scale in a space and time set aside for such a purpose.
That being said, while I have elected not to toss the bulk of my work into the sea of snapshots online, I do create some photos for the express purpose of sharing in virtual reality. They are often images created to accompany a narrative, or one-off shots that won't be printed but tell a quick little story of their own without text. So, here are some shots from recent trips to Garland Prairie where I was working on the aforementioned project. Keeping my word to myself, these photos are not part of the project, but by-products of time spent in the field. Click on an image to enlarge and enjoy.
|Low Hanging Juniper (Porcupine's Napping Tree)|