Aristotle wrote: “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things but their inward significance”.
One method for disclosing the inward significance of things is described by the painter Mondrian: “I wish to approach truth as closely as is possible, and therefore I abstract everything until I arrive at the fundamental quality of objects”.
Take away dimensionality; take away color; choose a point of focus; impose your own perspective and see things in a new way. A leaf becomes a triangle; grains of gray become flesh and bone; a concrete wall becomes a spiritual barrier between old and new.
As Thoreau said, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
Truly a product of South Carolina, Tom has lived all over our state. Educated at Wofford, Duke and USC he spent his working life managing information technology for public libraries. In retirement he returns to photography which was an early love.
His first camera was bought with Bounty paper towel labels and $1.95 for shipping.