“What can eye do?”
If the eye is truly the window to the soul, and the soul can be bent by emotion, then this series represents the emotional effects that have occurred in the recent past. Emotions can be powerful forces and at the same time have the ability to calm ones soul. Exploring these forces is fascinating. Experiencing a changing flow of emotion is common, but recognizing those changes is difficult at the moment of change. The many influences that I encounter daily, have unwontedly created an obscure mental state that oddly enough is clear when viewing the pieces in sequence. For me, this project was more about the tools available than the images.
I experienced a strange conundrum as I approached this project. To thematically link six individual images seemed simple enough. When I began, I had several ‘ideas’ and not one of them panned out. I kept reverting to the tools as a theme. The decision making process had become the biggest hurdle. As my dismay grew, in a small fit of disgust I decided to portray my emotion in a single image just to get my mind off the matter. I found a high quality image of an eye, and thought I would just make it look like it was angry.
In the course of this attempt, I discovered some new tools that had not yet used much, and as I pursued the display of anger I found myself overwhelmed by a calming joy. I created an image of just the opposite emotion I set out to portray. I set out to explore the tools available by creating individual images from nothing more than what I could ‘do’ to a photo with Photoshop. I had found my theme without trying; I began with the same image each time, and in retrospect can see the changes in my emotional state from one image to the next.
This was incredibly hard to get started with, but then became an obsession. So many tools, so little time.
“May the best of your past be the worst of your future”.