There is a particular type of energy that is unique to photographs made of subjects who are unconscious of the camera. This distinctive quality might be described as authenticity, though that word is probably second only to truth in its ability to inflame endless debate about the meaning of photographs. There is, though, something indisputably different about pictures made of people whose gesture and body language are believed by the viewer to be uncompromised by the presence of a photographer.
Whether this distinctive quality is within the images themselves or a projection emerging from the believing viewer
is an unanswerable question. Once belief is shaken in the viewer, though, the meaning of a photograph irrevocably shifts. This is, of course, one of the central axes of inquiry in the history of photographic practice and discourse.
The EIGHTEEN pictures are a result of my love of wandering around with a camera in the tradition of a street photographer. At the same time, the work embraces the fact that I am working in the 21st century, unbound by any rules of practice. It is my hope that these pictures provoke inquiry into the nature of how we understand photographs, while still celebrating the power of images to elevate small fleeting moments to transcendent meaning.
The title of the portfolio comes from the Hebrew word chai which translates numerically as 18 and linguistically as living.
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