photographs

paul jett

Old tree on 'R' Street

Introduction to the images

“PHOTOWORK 2018”  BARRETT ART CENTER,
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY   FEBRUARY 10–MARCH 24, 2018.​

"DISTRICT REDEFINITION"  SUSAN CALLOWAY FINE ARTS, WASHINGTON, D.C.  AUGUST 11–SEPTEMBER 2, 2017.

“There is a part of everything that remains unexplored, for we have fallen into the habit of remembering, whenever we use our eyes, what people before us have thought of the thing we are looking at. Even the slightest thing contains a little that is unknown. We must find it.”*

The quote above is said to come from a conversation between the French authors Gustave Flaubert and Guy de Maupassant as Flaubert advised Maupassant to look at things “long and attentively” in order to properly describe them. I came across this quote recently, and it reminded me of a question I am always asking myself as I photograph: Why do we often fail to see the things around us? This is one of the essential questions I try to address with my work. My challenge to myself is to see that “unknown” quality in ordinary things, photographically capture it, and in so doing encourage more reflection on and awareness of our everyday surroundings. 



* from "At the Existential Café" by Sarah Bakewell, p. 103.




 

“WINTERTIME”  DON'T TAKE PICTURES, 

ONLINE: http://www.donttakepictures.com/gallery-wintertime/.   FEBRUARY 21–MAY 23, 2018.​

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