LOOKING OUT AND LOOKING IN: WINDOWS, DOORWAYS, ARCHWAYS
While reviewing some of my recent photographs, I noticed that many of these photographs was of windows, doorways, and archways. I then wondered why windows, doorways, and archways caught my eye?
Typically, shape, pattern, light, texture, shadow, color, mood, atmosphere, composition, and subject matter catch my eye. When I reviewed these photographs, I noticed additional element, which was hidden from my conscious awareness at the time that I made each of these photographs. I decided to label this phenomenon, "The Unconscious Level of Seeing".
Windows, doorways and archways are mysterious and ambiguous. They are really frames, whose content causes the photographer and the viewer to wonder and to imagine what might be contained and what might be revealed beyond the frame. Whether one looks in or looks out, it is the mystery of what is unconsciously imagined and ultimately consciously revealed, that give personal meaning to a particular photograph. This "Unconscious Level of Seeing" creates unique thoughts and feelings that are projected into the frame. We consciously see the ornamental and formal properties of a window or a doorway or an archway. Imagination then creates its own unique story from which memories, feelings and emotions emerge.