Inevitably, in this world, we bring with us a host of experiences that change who we are, that made us whom we are today. I often times think back to how it is that I came to be the person that I am now. So many things had to come together for me to be doing what I am doing, to be who I am.
Photographically speaking, for years on end now I have been fascinated with the idea of putting four simple edges around a situation and finding meaning or interest in it. This fascination has led me to continually pursue that endeavour, and over time I have accrued images, similar in some ways to the memories in my mind. Each image brings with it a certain circumstance or chance behind its creation.
I find myself, on the streets, with a camera. Surrounding me are all sorts of situations taking place. I have seen many of them before. As fresh as the photographic experience is everytime that I am out there, In some ways, I feel as though I continually relive things; a particular look, particular lighting, whatever it may be. Moments appear, disappear, reappear. Life is like that. Photography is like that.
Long before I spent so much time using cameras to make images, I had similar experiences with memories, and still do. It seems that often times in this world that we relive experiences. Maybe the cast of characters changes, but somehow there exists an inherent connection between moments in our lives. There is a certain relationship that serves to link events in our lifetime, that brings us throughout life, with connections to the past, present, and future. The meaning of it all likely supersedes the knowledge of all humanity, but the simple existence of such connection alone perhaps provides for its own meaning.
With this in mind, I once again reflect back on photography, on my experiences capturing light to illuminate the moments presented to me. There is a connection between those moments. In this way photography is somewhat a microcosm of life itself. Perhaps tomorrow there will be joy or sadness on the streets we walk? Maybe three centuries ago similar moments occurred. The difference lies in the fact that here we are today, with cameras, able to in some sense capture an essence of the atmosphere around us.
In the same way that we have connections in our mind between experiences of the here and now, and experiences of the past, so to do our photographs offer such inherent connections. Perhaps one individual photograph in itself could present a viewer with endless meaning? Yet over time, and combined with memories from life itself, photographs begin to exhibit endless amounts of interesting connections. In this way, individual photographs and photography in general are incredibly relevant to life itself. Perhaps one can help provide a certain level of insight into the other?