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.

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