Photography As ART
Image 73 shows a rare archaeological find, a sculpture, WILLENDORF, of a female dating back 26,000 years. Image 74 shows the famous sculpture DAVID, by Michelangelo. Image 75 shows Francisco de Goya’s painting LA MUJA DESNUDA.
Taking pause during this interval let me read a statement by James on his use of the nude: “My artwork always includes a female muse, always in the nude, as only humans can be. The human form is the ultimate perfection of creation. From the outset, I’m not photographing fashion statements or period pieces. My artwork can’t be obstructed or dated through garments, or even by tattoos.
The oldest archeological art find, dated to having been carved 26,000 years ago, is a nude figure. The depiction of the nude taps the veins of sin and sexuality, cultural identity, aesthetic pleasure, and the tenet of beauty.
Image 76 shows the streaked color backside of new Muse, Karen. Image 77 shows her in B/W streaked by light while elongated on the floor.
Nearly a decade passed before James could advance his creative photographic art. During this time he had moved to Florida. It took some time to get his life back to normal, and with the help of his sister and brother-in-law, Yvonne and Ken Hannan, he was able to open a studio-gallery in 2007.
A studio is a great asset to a photographer by providing a place where all aspects of taking a photograph can be fully controlled. It is especially vital to the total manipulation of light.
Image 84 shows Jonie sitting in front of mirrors at the onset of the FRAGMENTED SERIES.
Time lapse is a photography technique; in creating art it is also a photographer’s reality; there’s no telling how much time passes before all the ingredients gel enabling a creative idea can be realized.
It was 1999 when Cleveland, the Muse for DOUBLE VISION, ALIENS, and FOSSILS, gave James fifty small oval mirrors, after he told her of his idea of photographing her reflection from collective multiple mirrors.