About Passing, Still

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Most of my photography work carefully and thoroughly explores land, ecology and culture in specific places. These images, on the other hand, are inspired in part by my mother-in-law’s blurry photographs taken from the window of a minivan at highway speed while on a fall foliage trip to New England. (My father-in-law, always intent on the destination, only stops for the direst emergencies. Photography and fall color do not qualify.) Most of us are like my in-laws: We yearn for beauty and connection to place. At the same time, we’re in a real hurry to get someplace else.

Photography, like a speeding vehicle, changes and informs the way we see things. When the two combine, half-glimpses freeze, and meaning is discovered retrospectively as one might examine imagery from last night’s dream.

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