City Bones: Photoimpressionism
August – August 30, 2011
In Plato’s world dreams have substance; ideas are the living spirit of Nature, while the reality is but the dream’s shadow on the cave’s wall.
There’s a particular breed of people who would fashion the likeness of this dream on paper. These are photographers.
The ability to tell a story in a single image becomes paramount. To acquire this ability one has to replace the descriptive part with its emotional equivalent. But is there such equivalence altogether? How does one approach the task of telling not what one sees, but how one feels about what he sees? Breaking the bounds lies in this trick.
An object matters not a whit – our attitude towards it is everything. Let science describe objects – art is to evoke an emotional response. Objects are all the same – emotional response is not repeatable. By taking pictures of objects one is doomed to produce the same generic photograph: an object here and an object there, and their relations are but nuances, mostly lost on the innocent observer. By taking pictures of one’s attitude towards the phenomenon we so inadequately describe as “life,” one becomes incapable of repetition, since the very attitude is ever-changing and fluid. The objects are fixed and rigid, the attitude incessantly mutates for she is a living organism.
Moreover, by demonstrating his attitude, an artist creates a placeholder for the viewer’s own life’s experience – to be filled with the viewer’s own attitude and understanding of the human condition. Thus, a work of art invariably involves a co-creative process between the artist and the connoisseur. If so – then a work of art is never singular; it is always plural and it comprises of as many different images as there are viewers.
Alex Braverman is a fine art photographer. He was born in Lithuania, but has lived extensively in Israel, South Africa and the USA. He specializes in dance photography and dramatic cityscapes. Alex spent a year photographing the Bruce Wood Dance Company in Fort Worth; he also attended private workshops in New York City and Norway by the prominent dance photographer, Lois Greenfield. A day before the workshop in New York City, Alex photographed the dramatic cityscape surrounding him, and his photo “Atlas” won the Grand Prize in the International Annual Contest by Popular Photography Magazine, published in the January 2009 issue. He has since been awarded the Pollux Award in both Performing Arts portfolio and Digital Manipulation portfolio, and has been published in B&W Magazine.