Pictures From The Confinement
September 27, 2021 - January 16, 2022
The photographs on display are images that I made in the year and a half that was stolen from me by COVID-19. Most of them were taken nearby in the neighborhood. Some were taken at Portage Park and at Schiller Woods Forest Preserve. Others were taken on walks to the mailbox, 7-Eleven, or on local errands. Many were taken at home in the attic with clamp lights that I got from the Crafty Beaver on Central Avenue. The few that were taken in days before the virus were significantly reworked in the time when safe travel was uncertain. I don’t know if the virus had an impact of my aesthetic approach, but it certainly restricted my photographic opportunities and I had to look at familiar subjects in new ways to find interesting things to photograph.
I am aware that we make things, and find things in nature, that are identified by their function,- or other relationships. All well and good, but why stop there? The tragedy of perception that we face is that once we think we know what we see, we stop looking. We stop asking ourselves what more is a tree than a tree. If we don't see any similarity between a book and a guitar,- a car and an apple,- or a tree and a duck, is it that we are simply looking at things too literally, and too shallowly?
I'll leave the deeper discussion of the matter to the philosophers. But if we can dispense for a moment with the notion that there is no connection between seemingly dissimilar subjects, it is easier to accept that there are visual similarities between the pattern that a piano keyboard makes and the one made by the petals of a sunflower.
In that sense, my photographs share common ground. They are less about the subjects as we know them, and more about the way that they are related through shapes, patterns, colors and textures.
This is the way I see the world, and the restrictions imposed by COVID-19 allowed me to see those connections ever more clearly.
Thanks to Joe Basilone and Melissa Fitz Basilone for allowing me to share my photographs here at Perkolator.
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