S C Bachus
We never capture physical objects in our photographs - only light. While more acceptable to the phenomenologically grounded f.64 cabal, this statement may be troublesome for the Platonists among us. As a conceptual alternative, photography might be better viewed as a synthesis of technology, human perception, and specific templates or 'motifs' that lie in our sub-conscious. This synthesis allows us to organize observed reality into an aesthetically meaningful form. Similar to Jungian archetypes, these paradigmatic motifs commutate between our conscious and sub-conscious worlds, and lend both operational and aesthetic value to our societally shared reality. The infinte fence line, illustrated in this image of a Taos Pueblo village wall, constitutes an empirically based reification of one such archetypal motif.