Claire Seidl- 2003
"A Sense of Place": Fotophile,
Issue #44: September
viewers see my photographs as "abstract", but
they are rooted in the real world of nighttime, children
and landscape. Because I am a painter, as well as a photographer,
elements intrinsic to abstract painting like gestural line,
multiple layered space, and ambiguous forms and content
are important elements in the photographs.
photographs are not manipulated, but they do show more than
the unassisted eye can see. I use long exposures; I shoot
reflections and distortions through old glass, water, screens.
I shoot at night, using flashlights, headlights, sparklers,
and the moon.
The specifics of place and people and natural phenomena
are familiar, even dear to me. The photographs are as much
about a sense of place as they are about anything else.
And this sense of place is derived in part from the need
to find a place to stand, so I can tell where I am.