Sunday, June 24, 2012
Time Warner Center, Columbus Circle
The final image that I settle on is the result of a dialog between the picture that is captured on camera and the mood I am in when I work with it. My attitude has shifted somewhat from a bias toward "realism" to the idea that the raw image (pun intended) is just a starting point, a means to an end, a canvas upon which to project my inner turmoil. Or joy. Or whatever I happen to be feeling.
As I was working with the Columbus Circle images, and to an extent the brickwork shot, I felt driven to darker and darker places. When I got the images to a point that I liked, I realized there was a certain familiarity to the mood, the term that popped into my mind was gothic, maybe expressionism, I'm not an expert in art history terminology, but I stumbled upon this 1950s film called Night of the Hunter where there are certainly some scenes that I think express something similar to what I was feeling, just translated to an urban setting....