I have started a new study of textures. Such projects always reveal something about how I am seeing, or rather, what I am not seeing. The idea was inspired by studying the life of Paul Strand, a master photographer. He learned, late in life, that all he had to do to find complete visual satisfaction was to walk out in to his garden. I am no Paul Strand, but there is little argument his words are inspiring.
“The material of the artist lies not within himself nor in the fabrications of his imagination, but in the world around him. The element which gives life to the great Picassos and Cezannes, to the paintings of Van Gogh, is the relationship of the artist to context, to the truth of the real world. It is the way he sees this world and translates it into art that determines whether the work of art becomes a new and active force within reality, to widen and transform man’s experience. The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.”
- Paul Strand
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