Edge of the Sky
These photographs contain what appears to be a simple subject matter. Buildings and structures are at the center of the images and our vantage is generally from below. We are forced to gaze upward at the tops of things and the structural details are rendered clear against blank grey and pale blue skies. It is this simplicity which tricks us because this collection invites specific moods as we work our way through the images. Time and space, with all of the philosophical meanings these terms imply, are dramatized in short burst of architectural detail. As the lines of a building’s façade seem to multiply the longer we stare at the image, these same lines create directions through time. The past and the future are passing through the image. As plain white building takes on a non-architectural function by a simple act of vandalism. The peaceful connotations of nature are interrupted by a subtle but unmistakable boundary.
The images work with fragments. We generally do not get a full view of any of the structures. This focus dislocates the idea of a center and this loss of a central point is what opens the images to potential action even as the images remain ostensibly still. Cold light forces us to look toward minute details and these compound the longer we look. As lines and angles multiply, static space is animated. There are mysteries in this collection and each image would seem to contain a secret which is almost available, but not quite.