Today is the day that matching between artists and venues for the 4th annual ArtPrize event begins. This is the first year I have gone in without a prearranged venue, and it is pretty exciting. I don’t know where I’ll end up showing, or if I will even be showing at all. What is ArtPrize? Go to www.artprize.org.
“In particular what is most important to me is the transformation of a sound by slowing it down, sometimes extremely, so that the inner of sound becomes a conceivable rhythm.”
When I came across this quote from Stockhausen, I had to smile because I identified with it completely. As a photographer, it has always been my goal to transform the viewer’s mind. I aspire to provide people with an opportunity to see the world they walk in everyday from a new perspective.
In the moment the viewer takes pause, a magical thing happens. They have spent at lease a few seconds breaking their usual routine to take note of something different. When that happens, it means I have succeeded. I have at least temporarily transformed the mind of the viewer to another place, and perhaps, another time.
I have always been in love with cities, and the variety of buildings and people that create them. I make a point of taking a photo every couple of days of something I may see everyday, but still have a fascination with. Living in Grand Rapids, Michigan and working downtown is very inspiring to me, and I use my photography to show the beauty of the city.
Shooting in black and white is my medium of choice. It strips away the distractions and reveals the soul of what you are looking at. It also helps to create a feel of timelessness. Many of these photographs would be difficult to label with an age if I hadn’t told you I shot them all in 2012.
Each photo has it’s own story to tell, and as a collection these images depict a day in the life of an ordinary person. Reminding us all that there is magic to be found in the most ordinary of things, and that by taking a moment to slow your mind, you may discover something you had never imagined.