Everyone sees the world through their own unique lens. Mysterious – and inevitably distorting – these lenses are the gateways to our dreams, illusions, desires and opinions. In the Meditations series I explore the many different perceptive realities in which we all reside. One of the things that fascinates me most is how we often imagine our personal perspective to be something permanent and stable– when in reality, it is constantly changing just like everything else in life. As we grow, define our relationships, visit new places, change jobs and experience different cultures, our personal lenses take on different shapes and forms. Eventually, we discover that our dreams, desires and opinions inhabit a world of constant flux and transformation. This realization can be liberating, empowering and sometimes even terrifying. But for an artist, it’s indispensable.
My camera lens has always served as a filter through which I view the world. I’m fully aware that my images are incapable of capturing a static or complete vision of reality – far from it. Rather, they’re replete with distortions, apprehensions, shadows, illusions – and discovery. These are the mysteries of the rhythm of life.
My practice of Buddhist meditation helps me focus, understand and accept the changing nature of perception and reality. Through a gradual process of increasing awareness I am able to explore the inner workings of reality itself. Anyone who practices meditation understands that it’s not an easy process, but ultimately it leads us to see things the way they truly are.
The photographs in Meditations are presented as diptychs. The image on the left expresses an air of mystery, representing dreams, illusions, displacement, and a sense of wonder. The subject's face is hidden to create a sense of distance, isolation and confusion. The image on the right, while minimal and quiet, is full of texture and detail – the “cotton wool” of daily existence. This is a more neutral experience, one that is usually ignored, thus bringing our attention back to the endless cycle of desire and aversion (the image on the left). And so here we reside in a space between dreams and reality – a perpetual state of flux and distraction.