Photography — Medium format film, Archival pigment print on panel
Framed in black wood 18" x 18"
inspired by the poem
If you had known of death’s impending date
the night before he took you in his arms
would you have fixed yourself to face your fate?
You died without your wig, your humble pate
exposed. Without your hair you lost your charm,
but out you went on death’s confounding date.
If you had known, would have made it straight
and blown it, teased it, combed it into art.
You’d build a crown — a lure — to capture fate.
Your skin and hair were in an awful state,
all cracked and dry and scaling off your palm.
Still soft enough for death’s demanding date.
You would have lined your eyelids in black slate
to stop yourself from looking like a marm.
One must look fittingly to welcome fate.
Would you have put in order your estate
or spend time lost in your family’s arms
if you had known of death’s impending date?
Or would you primp yourself to face your fate?
— © Robert P Langdon
I am drawn to nature whether it is the open vistas of the ocean or the smallest features in a flower petal. 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, impermanence, and recurring cycles, and how they influence our journey is explored throughout these collections.
I use 6x6 medium format film cameras that produce negatives with both depth and subtleness. The negatives are scanned and printed with archival pigment inks on cotton rag paper. The prints are hand varnished, negating the need for glazing; providing the viewer a more tangible direct experience than with traditionally presented 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.