The contemporary fine art / street photography and cognitive musings of Eric J. Taubert.
I never went to church because the urge to sit when they stand – and stand when they sit – is too strong within me. It was the same with joining the rest of the class to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in school. Nothing at all to do with patriotism, it’s just always felt incredibly uncomfortable for me to do what everyone else is doing, while they’re doing it.
Whenever I notice everyone staring in the same direction, I usually make it a point to look the opposite way and share what I see with everyone who’s missing it.
Moments and places aren’t always what we imagine they’ll be. That’s something I seek to reveal through my work. I want to reconcile the false notions we build of places that we’ve only visited in our assumptions, in books, in movies, in the stories of others, or in promotional photos, with the tangible and gritty reality of actually arriving at and perceiving those same places in real life. I’m interested in exploring the fertile ground where preconceived expectations diverge from true, conscious experience. The two sides of everywhere. The good – and the bad The landscape – and the impact of the human race. The residents – and the tourists. The scenic vistas – and the invisible alleyways. The sublime – and the dangerous. The vapidity of the overused cliche – and the poignancy of that which is rarely gazed upon. Or – going further – even the plain, indifferent, present moment, presence we all find ourselves blessed to be surrounded by on a regular basis, whether or not we’re even paying attention.
Granted, this work isn’t for everyone…but there are more than enough other photographers hitting the early morning landmarks with their expensive lenses and making technically proficient, insanely popular, and unremittingly repetitive images of otherworldly colorful sunsets over and over and over again. Don’t get me wrong, I love some of their work.
But, as usual, I feel mostly pulled in the opposite direction; and I’m more than happy to share what I’m seeing on my trip.
“To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child. The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson