Photo of the Week - Sands of Time


"Sands of Time"
This photograph is from my "Avant Garde" Collection. 

A man was asked, "what is art?"  He replied, "I don't know, but I know it when I see it."  That reply alone is exactly what art is.  Art is a subjective expression, where the artist expresses his emotion and creative concepts about a particular subject.

Photography as art also follows the same subjective expression as seen in paintings and sculpture.  There is a concept called pre-visualization, where in a moments time, the artist sees the finished product as if he had just photographed it.  We can call this artistic vision. 

The day the above photograph was made was unmercifully windy.  The wind was so bad, the sand pelted my face and legs, causing a stinging sensation.  On this day, my friend and I had set out to photograph the sunset and moon-rise on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  What I came away with was something totally different.

Wind, as you know is a cause of sand erosion.  The beach looked as if someone had come through and sculpted ripples across the sand.  Taking my old Canon EOS-1 film camera, and a 22 mm lens, I bent down and took this photograph only a couple inches above the sand.  The result is a grainy, black and white desert.  In this case, I pre-visualized exactly the way I wanted it to look.  I wanted it to look like a 40 yard swatch of sand with deep crevices.  In reality it was a 12 inch patch of sand with tiny indents 

The sand grains themselves are large, competing with the already somewhat grainy image.  I scanned the negative into a digital image and then finished it with a heavy, surreal look.

This image will never be a big seller as it is my own interpretation of what I wanted the final image to be. Again, it is a subjective artistic representation.  So my question to you is, what is your art?

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