A waterfall in Rocky Mountain National Park, 2012.
I’m actually in the process of writing a proposal that involves this project. I’m hoping I can spend some dedicated time to this idea and begin to further investigate any possibilities that lie within. While prepping this proposal, I have revisited some images in this mindset. Below are the results.
Another image from the work in progress. I put this one together really quickly just to keep the idea fresh in my mind. The thickness of the line has fluctuated with this image in order to omit any part of the photograph that may allude to a naturally occurring horizon line (in this case, trees). This photograph was taken this past summer while vacationing in Boundary Waters Canoe Area. In these early stages of this idea, I am simply referring to previously taken photographs to experiment. At some point I will certainly take new photographs with this specific project in mind.
I have always been interested in photographs that draw attention to, or confront, the surface of the photograph itself. This often interrupts or challenges the way one perceives depth in a photograph. It brings the viewer’s attention back to the two dimensionality of the medium itself, an inherent characteristic. A lot of my work in the past has stemmed from this idea and I have recently been giving some thought to a new set of images.
The image below is an example of my first attempt at obstructing (or removing) the horizon line in an image. This seems to add to the image’s visual flatness, drawing the viewer’s attention back to the inherent nature of the photographic medium. The omission of the horizon line also creates an interesting relationship between the two “halves” of the image. They almost float as two separate items, but return as a whole image due to small details that connect them. I still haven’t quite been able to put everything in words, but I wanted to try to flesh out some of my thoughts here. Not to mention this is the first image where I have tried this approach. More will certainly be discovered as I continue to experiment with the process and ideas.
Please excuse the lower quality as this was done via my iPhone.
Now that Fall is here, I know the cottage has been closed up until next spring. Looking back on some of the images made there this summer, I’ve picked a few to post. They are rough scans and edits, but these are the images I really like from the bunch so far. All of them were actually made during my early trip in May when I went up to help open up and “de-winterize” the cottage. More to come I’m sure…
Things have somehow been really busy lately. I quit my old job, accepted a new job, went on a vacation and started said new job! All in about a 3 week period. Phew! Really, really excited about my new job as Photography Facilities Manager at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago! Things have been a bit hectic in prep for the start of the semester, but have calmed down now that things are under way. Loving it so far.
I have images to post from Cheboygan, Michigan and from my vacation (hopefully). I hope to have some of those images up soon. In the mean time, here’s a random photo from my iPhone (please ignore the poor quality):
all images copyright matt gehring, unless otherwise noted.
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