David Wolf Statement


Artist Statement
Transform/Transcend delights in the sheer physicality of architecture, even as it suggests its very impermanence. The blurred lines and sepia tones of the buildings push at our sense of time, asking us to place each one somewhere between now and then.

Yet the truth they suggest is more fluid than fixed, and speaks to the flow of time that embraces growth and decay, loss and renewal. In this sense Transform/Transcend can be seen as a metaphor for the continual presence of change in our lives.

The series is also a metaphor for personal transformation. As each blurred image shifts and pulls away from its physical self, we are invited away from the everyday, material world to a more inward place: a place sustained by memories and dreams, one that transcends both space and time.


Process Statement
This project came to life as if by accident. A damaged negative prompted me to explore the possibility of adding motion to the printing process. The shifting, blurred imagery I soon discovered by experimentation quickly showed the promise of creating something new. As I refined my technique, learning how to control and repeat its effects, I began to seek out buildings to photograph that had elements that would likely respond well to this manipulation.

As prints, the resulting images possess attributes from the best of both worlds: they are similar enough to be editioned within a series, yet each one retains slight differences that make it a unique image.

Each print is toned twice to produce a subtle and rich tonality that echoes past generations of photography, with hues that range from creamy beige and pinkish gray in the highlights and mid-tones to deep, rose colored shadows.

The series is printed on a paper chosen for its surface that enhances the subtleties of tonality and otherworldly quality of the imagery. As the paper is no longer manufactured, I will fulfill orders from my current inventory and remaining supply of paper.


 
© photo-eye, 2014. All Rights Reserved Copyrights-Trademarks Privacy Policy Staff/Hours/Santa Fe Location 800.227.6941 info@photoeye.com