Perceptions Artist's Statement Review
...and the Children Shall Inherit the Earth..., 1978 — Rocket & Space Museum, Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama



Con-cep-tion: kan-‘sep-shan/n. 2a: the capacity, function, or process or forming or understanding ideas or abstractions or their symbols b: a general idea: (a concept); c: a complex product of abstract reflective thinking; d: the sum of a person’s ideas and beliefs concerning something 3: the originating of something in the mind.

While street photography is a discipline of analysis, these photo constructions require the discipline of synthesis. The ability to composite multiple images through the computer allows the interjection of actions and elements captured from other time periods. There is no one decisive moment but an assemblage of them. Photography becomes a designing, collecting and assembling activity over an indeterminate timeline allowing the story within the image to expand. Elements providing juxtaposition, contradiction, and paradox are composed in layered images with layered meanings.

Usually my alteration of the image is directed more by unconstrained visualizations, i.e. what pops into my head, than through analytical thought. Consequently, sometimes these images are better understood by concentrating more on the emotional sense of the image, i.e. the effect of what is going on, than on its literal interpretation.

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