LOOKING OUT AND LOOKING IN: WINDOWS, DOORWAYS, ARCHWAYS
During a review of my photographs, I became aware that the subject of many of the photographs was of windows, doorways, and archways.
Why did windows, doorways, and archways initially catch my eye? Shape, pattern, light, texture, shadow, color, mood, atmosphere, composition and subject matter most typically catch my eye. Yet, when I reviewed these photographs, I noticed that beyond these elements was an additional element of which I was not aware at the time I made the photograph. Common to all of the many photographs of windows, doorways, and archways that I have made over the years is a hidden element. I Iabeled that element "the unconscious level of seeing".
Windows, doorways and archways are mysterious and ambiguous. They are frames whose content causes the photographer and the viewer to wonder and to imagine what is contained and what is revealed behind the frame. Whether one looks in or looks out, it is the mystery of what might be unconsciously imagined and ultimately consciously revealed that gives a personal meaning to a particular photograph. The unconscious level of seeing is, for me, the unique and personal thoughts or 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 creates its own unique story, stimulated by what might be unconsciously hidden within the frame. It is from that unique story that memories, feelings and emotions emerge. It is this unconscious level of seeing that gives these photographs of windows, doorways, and archways their power.