"Photography recycles the real " --Susan Sontag
I've always thought Susan Sontag’s quote is helpful but incomplete. Such an aesthetic ecology isn’t limited to photography. Such recycling or repurposing and re-contexting of exposures of the lived world as art is evident in painting, music, poetry and a slew of other creations in our cultural atmosphere. And quoting (in and out of context), rather than recycling is, I think, a more accurate description of the creative act. Photography is just one tool in the large creative process tool bag; a process that I suggest might best be termed q u o t o g r a p h y.
This is not a new idea. In poetry, T.S. Eliot famously said that good poets borrow and great poets steal. The difference being,perhaps, between a metacliche and a metaphor. But both engage us in a new-old way. In a broader perspective, the presences that affect us in music, art, painting and other works are relying on that which we have already seen, or read or heard. Even though such past experiences now seem both different and similar simultaneously . We are moved. Lost and found. Changed in a way we find hard to explain.
What I hope you find in my work is a place to see yourself, and hear yourself quoting yourself. Even if your “words” are shapes or colors or feelings of joy or doubt. Thanks for looking my way. Good to see you again.