Photography, collage, hand and computer painted on panel
12” x 12” (doors open)
I am drawn to nature whether it is the open vistas of the ocean or the smallest features in a dry brown leaf. Although, all that I see in my every day experience is part of my palette.
Open spaces of fields, lakes, and oceans reflect our fears, hopes, dreams and, fantasies. After all, the reality is that there is no out there without the perceptions (and the thoughts/emotions attached to them) that each individual brings to these spaces. It is this relationship we each have with nature that is explored throughout these images; often dream like, and surreal, open to each individuals interpretation. In addition, the nature of time, and impermanence are explored throughout these collections.
I use 6x6 medium format film cameras that produce negatives with both depth and subtleness. After scanning the negatives I sometimes combine multiple frames taken at the same location to create a more complete impressionistic experience. The prints are made with archival pigment inks on cotton rag paper. Each print is hand varnished, negating the need for glazing; providing the viewer with a more tangible experience than with typically framed photographs.
Finally, and most importantly, I believe photography's true power, is not in the capturing, and then saving a special moment from the past, but rather photographs serve as a reminder that these wonderful moments abound, and we are surrounded by them and indeed, are part of them in every present moment.
-jd weiss, 2018