Photographs by Arno Rafael Minkkinen.
Lodima Press, Ottsville, 2010.
Black & white illustrations thoughout, 9¾x8¾".
This book is number fourteen in the ongoing Lodima Press Portfolio Book Series. It is a continuation of Minkkinen's miraculous self portraits. Other photographer's books in the series of all previously unpublished work include NIcholas Nixon, Larry Fink, Keith Carter, Linda Connor, Robert Adams, Paul Caponigro, Marilyn Bridges, Arthur Tress, well as other well-known and emerging photographers. Like all of the other books in this series, the reproductions are printed in 600-line screen quadtone by Salto in Belgium. Subscriptions to the entire series are welcome.
The surprise of the unpredictable guides my photography. The ideas aren’t conceived inside my viewfinder; their appearance happens first inside my mind. What the camera sees only becomes visible weeks, months, or sometimes years later when I process the film.
Mind games help quell the fear part. Not wishing to fall off a cliff, I tell myself I am on a mountaintop under the sea. Now falling just means diving deeper into the abyss. Or, when there is trepidation in the presence of beauty I tell myself not to worry, fingers don’t tremble at a sixtieth of a second.
Touch, bend, reach, suspend, descend, circle, submerge, climb, grab, and hold: these are the verbs of my photographic life. They vary as much as time and place varies. For forty years now, nothing has changed; destiny and desire hang in the balance while I wait for the shutter.
It is all about chance discoveries, handshakes with good fortune, and that unquenchable wish to express the pleasure of being alive in the natural world as it was meant to exist.
-Arno Rafael Minkkinen