The Lost Art of Looking

The photographic medium is unique in that it has the ability to convey a sense of existential truth. Since a traditional photograph mechanically captures a slice of time and space, the resultant imagery is exceptionally representative of scenes from the external world that we collectively comprehend. When viewing a photographic image, we often have no choice but to make sense of the composition of objects, and perhaps further analyze our judgments and preconceptions about these objects as they exist in reality. By working with the photographic medium, I am attempting to offer viewers this phenomenological experience to become mindful of the reality that we so often take for granted.

This idea stems directly from my photographic process. I photograph people, objects, and compositions in order to more thoroughly notice, evaluate, and understand them. By looking closely and attentively at things that are often ignored, I begin to see them more clearly and objectively. Without looking, we settle for our default judgments and preconceptions that, without further analysis, seem commonplace. If we awaken our senses and assess even the most mundane objects in our environment, we may begin to pay more attention to the remainder.

Mark Andrus