Concept

Re-concretization of the abstraction that through the interstice between the reality and the virtual image on the photograph

My art work explores the theme “Re-concretization of the abstraction that through the interstice between the reality and the virtual image on the photograph”.  My interest in imagined scenery is the driving creative force behind my photographic works.

Fine art photography produces a lyrical image, not a memory of personal things.  Images lack dramatic expression, and their essence lies in a profoundness in form that is a sublimation of reality. Fine art photography combines the intended subject of the photographer with the objective presentation of reality to display a unique artistic beauty. In my opinion, the Japanese sense of space, “Ma”, an empty space leaving room for imagination, is the main element which forms the profoundness of my photographic work experience. It projects nothing that the viewer doesn’t recognize in himself, much like a work of literary fiction.

When projecting one’s experiences onto a photograph, the viewer makes equal the artistic choices made by the photographer and the objective description of reality printed on the negative.  In doing so, the viewer does not remove the photographer’s influence on the scene completely, rather, the onlooker’s mind can work to diminish the artist’s intentions, and thereby create a “Ma” to be filled like a vessel with the viewers own thoughts.

When the artist’s concept is suppressed, the mind naturally fills the void to interpret the subject image, thereby creating a new piece of art.  Because thought and feeling are not projected through the lens, and because the viewer will project their own self onto the image, the act of viewing photographs creates a paradox in which two fictional images coexist in a moment which goes beyond the border of fiction and reality.

Jun Murai