Camel Man
 

All photographs are memories. Many have an intimate relationship with their authors and some are mere products of work. An image which is very dear to me may be mundane to others, because I have my own emotional recollection of the moment. My goal is to create images which stimulate what I call motivated recollection in viewers. It evokes feelings reminiscent to their own history.

I draw on concepts from the art of painting to construct my final images. Beginning with an idealized photograph of contemporary scenes captured with the widest possible luminance range, I isolate portions for treatment for hyper-realism accentuating textures. I highlight an emotional anchor with lighting masks; this is the image element I use to make a connection to the viewers recollection. Other portions of the image are de-emphasized and overlays of color and texture are applied, finishing the image.

Final images contain clues to the viewer that we're looking at another time and to match their own memories with what they see. When successful, a personal connection to my work is created. Recollection fills-in the details which only memory can vividly provide.

This is not a portrayal of a moment in time with respect to light and color; it's begins there but retreats into texture and then into an idealized chronicle style (motivated recollection).