Laura E. Swan level-classic 4/20/2008 9:39:52 PM

Bug Wing? -Laura Swan

(As you can see I am more interested in what the heck it is rather than the tech stuff. Forgive me for not asking about that.) -Laura

P.S. I take back BUG WING and guess fabric. #905112

John H. Siskin 4/21/2008 6:06:50 PM

Hi Laura,
I’ve been thinking about how to respond to questions about this group of images. The problem is that they are not about things, you might as well ask Jackson Pollock what is that a picture of. I have worked hard to create images about light and color rather than about thingness. I have taken powerful images of buildings, and the question is “What is the purpose of this building?” Is the image different if the building is a train station or a synagogue? In these images I think that the process of creation is more important than what thing I used to reflect the light.

Most of the photographs I take are really exercises in craft. It is my job to find a way to express the beauty of a house or the characteristics of concrete dye. I think that I am an excellent craftsperson. I am not going to say that these images are art, while they involve a process of creation; they also need to express the reality of the subject. However in the images you have commented on, the subject, what the camera is pointed at, is unimportant. What is important is the way I have chosen to capture color and contrast. Given the infinite variety of the very small subjects I used for this series of images, the choice is the critical skill of the artist.

In this case the camera is pointed at a butterfly wing.
Thanks, John Siskin

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