Horizons ~ Artist Statement Time and duration is a predominate theme in my work. Using various durations of exposure to capture meditative photographs that hint at something transcendent are meant to inspire thoughts of time and infinity while drawing on the viewers’ own memories and experiences. These durations allow time to be explored as both an element of image construction and an emotional link between viewer and photograph. The subliminal lure of the work suggests a spiritual connection to the basic elements water and sky invoking a personal deep-rooted relationship to space and time. Sitting by the water staring at the horizon has often induced a reflective contemplative state within me. Each time I view the water and the sky I feel a calming sense of security. The unreachable quality of the horizon line provokes questions of the future while I draw on experiences of my past to inform the present. Placing the horizon in the center of the photograph maintains a link to the present while the silky space above and below allows equal contemplation of past and future. Creating Black and White photographs titled simply with the duration of exposure and time of day allows for a personal timeless connection unencumbered by the specifics of location. The catalyst for the viewer’s response and mine is our own connection to our past, present and future. Photographs do not have a memory, that is a human trait, but they can invoke them, which affects how we react to the photograph without regard to time. Tim McGhie

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