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urded Window: Mission San Jose
Gourded Window shows an open window in a building on the grounds of Mission San Jose in San Antonio Texas. A pear-shaped gourd rests on the window sill by the open shutter. Light from two open doorways enters from left to right.
One portion of this 18th century Spanish mission site has a series of rooms along one wall of the compound. The sunlight pouring through the doors and windows highlighted the differing textures of the stuccoed walls, flagstone floors and weathered woodwork. I found this to be a captivating composition of doorways and a window. The play of light along the walls and floor seemed to draw me from one room into the next— and out again.
Portals lead us into and out of spaces. Each window sill and threshold defines a transition; inside or outside, a departure or an entry, a beginning or an end. A closed door brings me to wonder what is behind. An open one suggests that I enter. A window invites me to look beyond and out—or in.
Gourded Window is one image in a larger body of work. An on-going project titled Portals, treats the passage of light through and around windows and doors. This is one attempt to capture and share my vision of the subtle drama as light moves across a surface or into a space.
This image was created with Kodak Tri-X sheet film in a 4x5 inch Zone VI camera mounted with a 150mm, f-5.6 Fujinon W lens. Exposure is unrecorded. The negative has been digitally scanned and is presented here as an archival ink jet print.
Gourded Window was selected for inclusion in the Shared Visions Exhibition for 2012-2013 at the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton.
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In late 2002 became legally blind. One eye has no useful vision; the other has severely degraded vision. Yet, I see. There are some things that I can no longer do at all, and many things that I must now do differently. Photography is one of them. I create photographic images using ...read more