Sunday, February 23, 2014
"From Their View"...Bernard Kessler...
The two photographs, Silent Space #3
and #5 are in my book published by Blurb, SILENT SPACES, devoted to the exploration on the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Simple photographs of things in otherwise empty space. They are stark. without visible flamboyance, but filled with a sense of transcendental meaning that takes us beyond the visual surface.
It is my experience that each and every thing we can see can be communicated with beyond the surface. It is as though we are at the edge of a pond. When we move from the edge’s surface into the depths our understanding of the pond increases. The pond becomes more complete, more interesting, communicating its essence.
My experience over the 75 years I have been photographing is that the essence of the subject is not merely what I am seeing, but instead communicates from a different dimension,
a welcome, mysterious comfort.
A columnist reviewing SILENT SPACES suggested the content as an example of the art philosopher, Arthur Dante of Columbia University book, THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE COMMONPLACE. Not an easy read as I searched for an explanation. It is a scholarly document exploring, analyzing, diagnosing the process but no "how tos."
I have been introduced to many possible explanations. It has been an interesting exploration ranging from the spiritual beliefs of Native American Indians to Quantum Mechanics, via Werner Heisenbergs’s UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE.
Evidence of what happens is clearer than how.
So be it.
more of Bernard's work ...http://www.flickr.com/photos/zennature ...