Writing about one’s self is about as energizing as creating the dread “Artist’s Statement.” Do I write something as mundane as a resume or an obtuse tome on why the reciprocity of light is seldom acknowledged and how it affected Tolstoy and his garden? Yeah, right that kind of stuff. Not likely.
Too often when someone questions me as to what I do, I respond by saying a “fine-art photographer.” I hope the art part is really applicable. Paul Klee once stated that “the responsibility of the artist is not to render visible, but to make visible.” That is my intent whenever I photograph.
The images in “Arn? Narn.” reflect my experience in Newfoundland. Intellectually, it is easy to talk about vanishing cultures. It is more difficult to show what they were and are now and what they are now becoming. It is serious work and I hope some things have been made visible with this book.
With this blog, I intend to share my experiences, thoughts, and observations while creating “Arn? Narn.” It will talk about how the original idea evolved into something much greater and (I think), interesting. I hope you agree. If you do, great. If you don’t that’s great too. Either way, please let me know your thoughts. I welcome the dialogue.