“What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time” John Berger
The ‘raw materials’ Berger speaks of are the true constants of a photographer’s life. We use our head and heart to coax images but these pieces are the essential components that leave their mark on silver or pixel. They record simple pleasures, unblemished Nature, friends, lovers, battered objects and battered lives. They bend our subjects into memory and infuse our work with style.
A deeper concern that goes beyond what is illuminated or what moves before or behind the lens in the continuum of time, is the ‘why’. Robert Adams says that, photography “…redefines us, and is part of the biography by which we want to be known."
We photograph because we must.
Each photographer in our Collective tries to explain these things as only each can. We choose the subject. We see the light. We play with time. We make our photographs. We continue because we find meaning in it. That is the grace of photography’s gift.