Photography gives me the excuse to go places and do things. With camera in hand, I have more courage than I normally would. I find many of my subjects and abstractions in nature-in newly harvested cornfields, huge flocks of birds in the fall-Ice as it moves on the tides and shatters like glass on the banks of the Hudson River. It sometimes takes weeks to get the shots I’m after. At home, in front of the computer, I “find” my pictures- by cropping them- I never manipulate them.
I shoot photographs, the way I write, with the intention of moving people. It makes me feel less alone. It is my great escape from the cruelty of the world. There is enough ugliness and pain in life- I do not have to turn over rocks. I seek beauty and pathos and humor. It is “Beauty” that drives me and comforts me, even if it is a “Strange Beauty”.
- Carolyn Marks Blackwood
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