Yes, my involvement in the AtoB Challenge continues. A wasn’t for April fools! The fact is, despite being a bit nervous about a commitment of 26 posts in a month (except Sundays!), I am looking forward to it a bit. Hey, it’s early and a good time to be naieve right?
B is for Beyond
The word Beyond popped into my head as I said “b…b….b….b” to myself, because a recent post was fresh on my mind and some conversation with David Leland Hyde in the comments is really about going beyond our initial preconceptions about any particular photograph. The historical nature and landscape photography greats of Minor White, Phillip Hyde, and Edward Weston had some varying philosophies of what they wanted their photographs to represent. David referenced a post where he describes Weston’s approach of going beyond ego.
“This then: to photograph a rock, have it look like a rock, but be more than a rock.” ~ Edward Weston
An example in my own work is from my Stonescapes series. My whole attraction to these macro abstracts of various sections of rocks, minerals, stone was more than just a geological fascination, but simply how they could be more. Seeing beyond, imagining beyond, visually exploring beyond initial appearances. Seeing beyond a small 1 inch area and seeing similarities to a aerial view from space of a vast landscape. Seing beyond a piece of stone, and seeing an old woman.
I can see influences of each of Hyde’s, Weston’s, and White’s philosophies in this series of images. Hyde’s approach of “nature as it is”, Weston’s “more than a rock”, and White’s “photographing for what else it is” approach all seem to mingle together here.
This concept of trying to see beyond can only help us as creators in the field. Always there is something more before us if we look hard enough, we go slow enough. If we can bring that back in our photographs, then indeed it has been a good day.
Andrew Raynor Dover New Hampshire
Andrew Raynor Dover NH