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Alfred Stieglitz in 1909 observed that photographers, "Depict life in scraps and fragments." Some have argued that the painter constructs a concept while the photographer on the other hand discloses it. Today I think the photographic artist can both disclose and construct with decisive fragments. Hmmmm... constructive disclosure? Have I invented a term? Cool.
In fact we tend to find pieces of life. And in a way by revealing just that piece in its context, we disclose something unique. Something we saw. Here I noticed a raging saint in a place built upon the idea of peace, love and turning the other cheek. Even though this is a fragment from St. Peter's, the warrior has a role at this Basilica.
Photographers can wrench things from their context. Is that what's happening here? Or is this fearsome sword an important pat of the function of this place? Hmmmmm.... I wonder?