September 2008


In recent years, I have been playing around with a technique I’ve developed that yields interesting colorful, abstract images.  Some of you may have seen these, as they have previously been on my commercial website (www.saxmanphoto.com) and exhibited in a number of shows around Richmond.  A new development has taken place- This series, called “Moments,” as well as others that are similar, are available through the Glave Kocen Gallery, and can be seen at http://www.glavekocengallery.com/Artist-Detail.cfm?ArtistsID=55.  Jen Glave and BJ Kocen have been terrific to work with, and their gallery contains some really wonderful artwork.  Take a spin around their site!

One of the "Moments" series, available 33"x38" and 16"x18".

One image from the Moments series, available as 33"x38" and 16"x18"

 

 

A newer body of work may soon find its way to Glave Kocen as well.  This is a different approach to the idea of abstract photography, yet, for me, evokes some of the same feelings as “Moments,” but in perhaps a more subtle way.  This work is still being developed, but I hope to have it ready for its closeup soon.

One of the as-yet-unnamed forthcoming abstract series.  

One of the as-yet-unnamed forthcoming abstract series.

One final note about copyright.  You’ll notice the © mark on my photos.  I love the idea that someone might be enamored enough with my images to appropriate them.  That is why I have worked hard to make my photography available legitimately either through my commercial site or, in the case of the fine art work, through Glave Kocen Gallery.  I am extremely fortunate that I am able to make my livelihood through my photography, but that will no longer be the case if it is taken.  Thanks for respecting that!

 

Many special moments were experienced in the Arizona desert.

Many special moments were experienced in the Arizona desert.

Greetings.  Since you have found your way to this page, let me say “congratulations” (or “sorry.”)

 

I am a photographer, and so I live in a vividly visual world.  One of the things I love the most about what I do is that it requires me to slow down and pay attention to what is going on around me:  a shift to the left, a gentle nod of the head, an unexpected shaft of sunlight, a view from an unusual angle.  We experience these every moment of every day, but unless we are paying attention, really paying attention, they are lost, never to return.  What photography has done for me is trained my eye to see those fleeting moments and angles and colors and compositions.  Sometimes, I have a camera with me, and I may make a photograph.  Often, however, I am empty handed.  But, I do not let this delete the impact of the moment.  My photographer’s eye has captured it for me, and, though my memory is not as archival as I would like, it has existed for a time within my senses.  I find the experience marvelous.

Having said this, though, I must also admit my love for words.  While photos can effectively express moments, words express ideas which may be too abstract or complex (or subtle?) for a photograph.  I have written much, but these musings have been largely kept to myself, save for the occasional “letter to the editor.”  Others are more talented when it comes to writing, and so I feel I should not subject others to my amateurish attempts.  But, like the hobbyist photographer who enjoys photographing his world and uploading to a web gallery for his personal gratification, I often feel compelled to record my thoughts, and this blog will serve that purpose.

Please note, I am not abandoning my visuals!  I have named this blog “Impressions” because we can make impressions with images and words alike.  In fact, I would like for this experiment to marry my photography with my written word, a thing I have long thought to do without having done it.  There! I have done it!

I am not sure where this road will lead, but to any that tag along, I welcome the company.