ARTIST STATEMENT

It is my belief that the finest photography should convey more than the surface of the situation. Granted, the facts of any scenario are vital, essential and telling. It is, however, the back-story that provides an image with depth and resonance. It is this connection that bestows certain imagery with a power to convey deeper meaning and the ability to unveil a simple secret. Knowledge and Understanding are obvious if pursued and elusive if challenged- effective design and emotional involvement can help, but there is much that goes unnoticed. Photography can help unravel certain mysteries and allow a suspension of Time- that will allow a moment, subject or situation the luxury to expand, announce and clarify.

Often, it is tempting to portray the obvious attributes of a Subject. Beauty is alluring, Strength is impressive, and Excitement is an addiction. However, it is the awareness of the poetic profile of a Boxer, or the acceptance that Charm resides in Chaos or the recognition that Courage is inherent in a Ballerina's Pointe shoe. These realizations foster a true epiphany and once acknowledged, you can never revert to the superficial singular-seeing. I have searched for these "gifts of the moment and circumstance" and I have found them in far-away places and in my own living room. Hopefully these images have been given and not taken.

If you have the time and inclination- please proceed through my portfolios with this thought in mind. Whether on assignment, constructing, deconstructing, searching or listening- these, my favorite images have appeared. Some were invited, some were assigned, and others arrived unannounced: all are important in the formation of my photography and in the path of my career. Enjoy!

  • Charlie McCullers
  • Winter 2009