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.

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