A color photograph speaks for itself, but a black and white photograph requires investigation.
What makes an image worth investigating? Many books have been devoted to this question, which probably means that no one has the definitive answer. You yourself have gazed at many, maybe hundreds of, images. You have been drawn deeply into some, and quickly passed by others. You may have been amazed at technique, or shocked by content, or puzzled by juxtapositions. Some images make you think hard, while others hit you on a gut level. Still others miss you entirely.
The contact print is unlike any other photographic image. The sharpness, the clarity, the contrast, and the fine detail invite investigation. At Eye Contact, you will find landscapes, moving water, ancient ruins, not-so-ancient ruins, and distant vistas. Your eyes are challenged to find everything in the image, to roam again and again through each image, as you find new details, contrasts or textures.
Looking at images, others’ as well as my own, has caused me to question, “what am I supposed to be looking at here?” I have tried to refine my photography so that question need never be asked. Each person finds in a photograph what he or she brings to that image, but confusion, lack of sharpness, or lack of balance should not be included in a fine art image. On the other hand, as Ansel Adams said, “Nothing is worse than a sharp photograph of a fuzzy concept.” That precept has guided my work just as surely as my need to make sharp images.