"It says everything, but shows nothing."
That's what photographer Lawrence Schiller's 10 year old daughter thought of his last pool pictures of Marilyn Monroe.
We are constantly reminded that photographs are a slice of time, a fraction of a second caught on film. But I believe that they must also engage the viewer's mind in order to be considered art.
So as an artist, I attempt to use photography as a tool to invoke a memory, a thought, a question or take a peek behind the masks that we all wear in public. Even though most times I strive to achieve a crisp, clear photograph, I will occasionally use post processing to create layers or distractions that may ask the viewer to look a little more or wonder a little more about the photography.
I'm heavily influenced by the early photographers whose equipment didn't always allow for the perfect, sharp pictures of today. Even by the earlier impressionists who forced you to use your mind to complete the painting. Sometimes nothing isn't always possible, but a least no more than necessary to get you thinking.
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