“The trick of enjoying New York is not to be so busy grinding your way to the center of the earth that you fail to notice the sparkle of the place, a scale and a kind of wonder that puts all human endeavors in their proper place.”
In this quote from David Carr, the recently departed sage of the New York Times, he talks about his beloved New York City, but the message is universal. His eloquence and directness ring a bell with me; they underscore my own view of the absolute value of presence-in-the-moment that informs my art. When I’m shooting photographs, it’s like meditation––listening to my breathing, being hyper-aware, staying clear of mind, allowing things to happen––and above all, not “failing to notice”.
I’m currently working with images from our trip to France in the spring of 2014. I find that once a group of images is taken and safely archived on my computer, it takes a good amount of time for them to reveal themselves to me. With these images from Paris, I’m pushing myself to move beyond the straight single-image documentary style I’ve always worked with toward a more expansive imagery of what presence-in-the-moment looks like. One approach I’m experimenting with is blending together multiple images that may be discrete from one another, or series of images that depict the passing of time at a particular place.
Pont Saint-Michel, Paris, France May 26, 2014
Opéra Métro, Paris, France June 11, 2014