March 8th, 2009

Amor Matris II

Creating a photographic image is profoundly autobiographical and will yield a succession of interpretations that will reveal much of one's personality. Which is what some psychologists say about dreams--i.e., they are important messages from our unconscious to our conscious, but are of necessity hidden in metaphor and symbol.

A similar process occurs when we attempt to interpret the images created by others. No useful information about the author will come to light because we can't get inside another's head or heart. But then, invariably, we'll find resonance in our own life, our own story.

I remember going to an art gallery on Isola d' Ischia a few years ago and taking what I thought were casual shots of the sculptures. As I was shooting I was going for the color, the light, the beautiful detail. I wasn't aware of any emotional or personal component.

That is until a few weeks later, as I was looking at the images. One stopped me. I suddenly realized it was a perfect representation of the most significant and formative event of my life: being abandoned by my mother shortly after I was born. For many years she and I were imprisoned in completely separate boxes, as were these tiny figures.

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