Frank Winters

“This world we live in is but thickened light.” Emerson

        Quotidian, liminal, transcendent; these are states I see in the world as my perception and the light vacillates. Light has the power to give the quotidian transcendent properties. I seek the surreal, capturing that quality is my goal. I also try to understand the Japanese esthetic of Wabi-Sabi and express it when I can.

        In my photography, I use light to cast the ordinary in extraordinary terms. When light is unusually focused, or especially diffused, or particularly brilliant I pounce. It is a process of triangulation – object(s), geometry, light – when these three factors converge. I seize the fleeting opportunity.

        My work is inspired by poetry and Transcendental writing such as the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote above and this one by a relative of Ralph Waldo:

“Do not be caught by the sensational in nature, as a coarse red-faced sunset, a garrulous waterfall, or a fifteen-thousand-foot mountain… avoid prettiness – the word looks much like pettiness – and there is but little difference between them.”

        I rarely travel specifically to photograph, instead, I photograph anywhere I am, including elevators, church and men’s rooms. With a camera, or no camera, I frame, frame, frame, attempting to freeze a chaotic, ambiguous world. While I enjoy creating images of serenity and order, to me the most successful result is not order from chaos but an ambiguous, intriguing rendition of the chaos and surrealism at the moment the shutter was opened.

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