Layers (Part 3)



Journal excerpt from 2012:

I recently became interested in double exposure photography because of its layered properties. Photos in this category can speak to us about two totally unrelated events but we as the viewer are forced to understand them together.  

The concept of layering still remains an intriguing and sometimes obsessive visual, especially in cases where you find yourself a bit unaware of what is happening. In the above three images there is a visually similar language in that the dark shadows of the cityscape are olayered on the repetitious facade of another building. 

In the first and last images the shadow falls on a figure and they overlap. It's straightforward and the layers are very clear. However in the middle image, the material in between becomes the plane for each projection to be seen together that obscures what is actually being seen vs. what is being reflected. The viewer gets stuck in-between and becomes the glass, looking both ways. 

More than visually, layering is a constant reminder of the need for compassion. This may seem pretty far fetched and off topic but realizing that something or someone is never solely one thing helps you develop a curiosity and makes room for compassion. We are all made up of layers and always looking through them. You don't know another's struggles and what makes them happy right away. But remaining open to the idea that we exist in layers of experiences makes us curious enough to ask. Then we become the glass looking both ways.