I am really fascinated by ontological questions about the photograph. Those questions that probe beyond obvious answers indicating the mere physicality of the photographic object are what truly interest me. I want to answer those questions that get to the heart philosophically, emotionally and existentially about what a photograph is and what a photograph does as a physical object.
We cannot deny the physicality of a photograph. But the physical nature of a photograph is based on conventions – photographs are square or rectangle, printed on paper. A camera produces it and sometimes a photograph is produced without a camera. All these elements are external, tangible qualities that exist regardless of the photographer’s mental state.
The simple fact remains that we cannot deny the intangible nature of the photograph. These intangible qualities – memories of a time gone by, emotions, desires, and hopes – exist within the photographer as creator and then within the viewer. A photograph is a strange and wondrous object captured in this present moment. The present slips away but is preserved by the creation itself. And until the film is developed or it pops up on our viewfinder it exists only in the future.