Yesterday's posting attracted a bunch of email. No, not posted comments, but email. I don't know why so often my postings provoke many of you to send stuff to my mail box instead of making open posts, but hey, who cares? It's all nice to get. The general theme of the messages I got are summed up in this statement from a very nice lady who wrote, "Photographers take life out of context, Ted. We commit reality in the second degree by creating a duplicate of the world, or maybe even a duplicate world which (and you are very good at this) might be a world that may only exists in our images at first - but soon exist for every visitor to those images. And it is made so much larger and powerful when it is a world that is presented in parts which vistors or viewers of our work have to sew together in their imaginations - or their exploration of ours."
Wow! Why didn't I say that?
Look at this statue I found in a courtyard of the Papal Museum in Rome. It is a part of a great space. It is obviously ancient and created in the Greek tradition. It is set off not by the reality of the lighting or the surroundings, but by the way I imagine they should set it off. Was it a lucky blunder that I came across this thing in my lens? Are art photographers serial blunderers? Or have I, as I hope, conveyed a message I see here from times past? Have I turned a reality into a relic, or maybe vice versa. No... no... like most art photographers, I am impatient with reality. Someone plucked this statue from wherever its creator intended it to be. I plucked it from its present reality giving you only a hint about the details of its foster home.
Sometimes I think that we are only miners in a vast quarry. If that's so, look what I unstuck from its mooring - again.