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I've been reading Susan Sontag's "On Photography." In Plato's Cave she speaks of the talismanic uses of photography; how we use images to keep the distant close. Parents with pictures of their kids in their wallet, kids with their heroes posted on their walls, wives with images of their illicit lovers hidden away - all express a feeling both sentimental and magical: they are attempts to lay claim to another reality. It's a great passage (that I've very nearly stolen word for word).


Reading got me thinking about my photographic motivations. My creative impulse is also an attempt to lay claim to another reality; a reality in which I can exist as a creator of personal objects of art. It is an attempt to shake free of the daily, of the mundane; to redefine the way I see myself and, by posting, how I'm seen by others. I love that about photography. It's extremely satisfying to produce something that leaves you feeling that you are redefining your boundaries.


One more day until the weekend folks. I hope you have a great one. I'm sure it will be.


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Taken on June 15, 2012