- Ansel Adams
Observation and storytelling are the cornerstones of my passion for photography. The first aspect, observation, makes it a highly subjective activity; as photographers, we choose what we photograph, consciously and unconsciously. As Adams suggests, our experiences enrich, but also limit, our photographic expression. A photograph is a capture, a grain of sand on a beach, which is its context.
On the other hand, storytelling through photography is always a mutual interaction between photographer and viewer. The experiences of two people mingle and create a unique story, a microcosm. As John Berger puts it, from the viewer's perspective:
"Certainty may be instantaneous; doubt requires duration; meaning is born of the two. An instant photographed can only acquire meaning in so far as the viewer can read into it a duration extending beyond itself. When we find a photograph meaningful, we are lending it a past and a future."
It's not only the photographer's background and context that create a photograph; it's as much the viewer's experiences, memories, associations. The meaning of the photograph comes not from the thing photographed, but from the infinite world around it. What happened right before and after? What is the context? Why was this specific thing photographed?
The photograph itself is just a trigger - when we view it, we make up the story, give it meaning, create art. It's something that we create together.
So if you find anything with meaning in my gallery - sensations, feelings, art, a story - I've accomplished what I set out to do. But remember that whatever it was you found, most of it came from you, and all from an interaction between our inner worlds.
The order of the albums may seem to reflect some kind of progression, but I'd rather think of them as a loop - like the Arabic letter ه (h) in the logo - as all endings are beginnings, and all beginnings signify an end. Still, whatever you may find in terms of continuity is just as valid.
Welcome to my webpage, I hope you enjoy the stories we create together.