When photographing abstractions in nature, we are often drawn to elements, patterns, and ways of seeing that are not fully conscious, but nonetheless, are a distinct right brain effort. When I look back at images made from similar vines at the Art Institute of Chicago Courtyard a number of years ago, a distinct pattern emerges in all of the images, even though I doubt I was aware of it at the time. In this sense, awareness is not always a prerequisite for the creative process to unfold. I am assuming over time, as we get feedback in the form of our processed images, the style we develop, especially for particular subject matter, does become fully conscious and allows us to seek particular subjects under stated conditions. Someday the neuropsych folks will have a scientific explanation for this hazy phenomenon I suppose. Waiting for the grandsons to wake up, get them their breakfast, and off to rent their cross country skis which they will have for the rest of their vacation with me. Nice to be home for this time with them and away from clinical practice at the VA. I suppose I am lucky to be getting a paycheck during this time when our Moron in Chief has partially shut down the government.
“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
― Albert Einstein