To see is a privilege, a sensorial privilege.
Whether what we see is pretty or not does not matter so much as long as we are able to see. That is as objective as it can get. Beyond this basic and important fact our appreciation of things is left to our own private subjectivity aside what is commonly, universally accepted and regarded as pretty or not, worthy being seen, looked at or not.
When things are remote we tend to forget they contribute still to our lives, that they are in fact ever so present. When things are close they get so familiar that we can cruise by them without really paying attention, without being really there in the moment, almost living on autopilot.
In this day and age we are even more easily distracted, addicted to the use of our smartphones to the point some of us possibly spend more time during the day looking at a screen than looking at the physical world, while walking or driving not to mention working.
In entering "Visual Paradise" viewers will look at images captured between 2018 and 2020. They are visual responses to the quality of light which I very much see and use as a guide, a means to connect and stay connected to my environment. Most of the photographs were taken in the vicinity of Bethesda, Md. where I currently live, a place where the quality of light is quite amazing and which prompts me to say:" there is visual pleasure to be had at almost every corner and moment of one's daily life".
To this I will add what photographer Dorothea Lange once said, that "The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera".
So allow me to guide you in my visual paradise.
Just like living I believe seeing is a performance requiring one's full attention and dedication.
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