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  1. What speaks to me about this image is the found pattern and negative space within the shadows and light through the cracks in the fence. It has an ordered yet ethereal quality which draws the viewer in leaving them wanting to know more about this story.

    It is a basic human skill is the ability to interpret patterns. We use them to gauge the past, present, and future in all kinds of things: the layers of earth that allow archaeologists to date their findings, or the movement of pressure systems that enable weather predictions.

    This image also brings to mind the concept of negative space. Negative space, in art, is the space around and between the subject(s) of an image. Negative space may be most evident when the space around a subject, not the subject itself, forms an interesting or artistically relevant shape, and such space occasionally is used to artistic effect as the “real” subject of an image.

    “Pay attention to the intricate patterns of your existence that you take for granted.”
    ― Doug Dillon

    What or who are your influences in photography? Where do you draw inspiration and ideas? What themes do you work with the most?


  2. Hi Julia. I just want to respond here because I appreciate your comment and the insight you bring to the discussion.

    I have always been drawn to the simple and the serendipitous . A constant challenge for me is to not discount an image because it does not have all the markers of a “great” image. I think the real value and worth of an image is in how it resonates with your soul.

    So for me the process of picture making is to honor my instincts about what a particular situation is saying to me. It is not always on an intellectual level, and here the key is to respond without checking my first response.

    Some of my early influences were Freeman Patterson, a contemporary Canadian photographer, whose book Photography for the Joy of It, shaped my view on nature photography, and Art Wolfe, the Northwest native, whose outdoor and wildlife photography I’ve always admired.

    As in the simple image above, I draw my inspiration from the found, the fleeting, and the seemingly inconsequential.


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