This is my artist's statement from my most recent gallery show at City Art
Gallery in San Francisco:
reflection - perception - connection
or: what I do & why I do it
August 3rd – 28th, 2005
City Art Gallery, SF, CA
I chose the title for this show because it expresses ideas that describe how I
make my art, as well as ideals by which I hope to live my life. They are also
subjects in and of themselves.
When I make a photograph, it is the result of a process. I need to feel that I
am part of place before I can start to create images that express what that
place means to me. I may make multiple visits to the same location. I think
about it, write about it, and experience the sights, smells, sounds and energy
that exist there. Then I use the camera to communicate my experience.
Almost all of these photographs are nature images. Natural shapes, patterns,
and textures that form over eons are, to me, the most beautiful. They are a
product of a dynamic balance between rock, water, air and life. Being in these
places, creating these photographs, helps me feel in harmony with existence.
Light, and how we see it, is an amazing thing. Light reflects off objects,
enters our eyes, and our brains tell us what`s out there. Or what it thinks is
out there. What are you really seeing when you look at these images? How does
your brain make the connection between a collection of colors and patterns on a
piece of paper to the "real" thing out in the "real" world?
So that`s what "reflection – perception – connection", and my photography, means
to me. Perhaps it means something completely different to you. I`d love to
hear your thoughts. Please sign my show journal below. And if you`d like to
see more examples of my work, visit my website, www.ingersollphoto.com. I can
also be contacted by phone at 415.517.1879, or email at
firstname.lastname@example.org. And, of course, prints are always available for
purchase in a range of sizes, from 8x10 to 16x20 (print size).