I’ve always said I photograph that which inspires me. I never have put my eye to the viewfinder and said to myself, “What is going to sell?” I make my art for me. If it pleases me, then I’ve accomplished what I set out to do.
That being said, it’s always a wonderful feeling when I get a call or a email or some other positive communication about one of my photographs. The January postcards went out this week and I got a very nice phone call from a producer friend of mine who really had some kind words for me about this month’s image. One of my favorite questions always begins, “Is it…” because that means the viewer has spent some time trying to figure out what my subject is. Sometimes it’s very obvious, but other times, like this month, I make it a little harder to figure out.
So it was a pleasant conversation I had about what the image was and how I created it in a pool. This producer is also an artist whose work I really enjoy. He and I share a common leaning toward doors and stairs. He shared a small portfolio of his work with me a few years ago and I was amazed at how we both had dialed into those two subjects. I’m not sure exactly what doors and stairways represent, but I think it has something to do with unknown possibilities. I like that.