Paul Rider

 

PAUL RIDER


Drawn to the Light

 

Drawn to the Light #1 Drawn to the Light #2 Drawn to the Light #4 Drawn to the Light #6 Drawn to the Light #7 Drawn to the Light #9 Drawn to the Light #12 Drawn to the Light #13 Drawn to the Light #14

Drawn to the Light #15 Drawn to the Light #16 Drawn to the Light #17 Drawn to the Light #18 Drawn to the Light #19 Drawn to the Light #20

 

artist's statement

The Walk to Paradise Garden, a photograph by W. Eugene Smith, is the incentive for this body of work. His image of two children walking from the shadows of the woods into the light of the day was, for Smith, representative of the world coming back to life after a horrible war.

My work uses the same analogy of darkness into light. While Smith's image was made at the end of the war when the world was starting over, my imagery was made while we are still firmly entrenched in a war that seems to have no end in sight. Yet even as we are still in the midst of conflict, our collective conscience is shifting towards the idea of an end and we are drawn to the light from the seemingly never ending darkness.

The landscape is one vehicle for Smith's image, although very subtle, but used in a style of American western photography by the use of the foliage to create visions of a grander landscape. The landscape is also an important vehicle with my body of work. Drawing from western landscape photographers, such as Weston's Dune photographs for example, I've created a landscape in a studio environment. Like the sands of the dunes and their changing shapes, the paper material used is molded into various forms and becomes a maze of a sort, with the exit always shifting.

The work is created digitally and printed using Piezography inks, archival gray inks, and printed on Hahnemuhle Photo rag paper. The qualities of the inks are similar to those of an etching, another medium in which I work, and this produces a very specific look. First, it enhances the richness in tones and detail. It also transforms the photographic image into a print quality that goes beyond the traditional silver print or "photograph", something I was trying to avoid. Platinum prints, while having wonderful tonal values, are too precious and tend to be about the process. My philosophy as an artist is that the medium is essential to the work, but should become secondary to the message.

All images are available in 16" x 16" format, matted to 22 x 26, in editions of 15 or in 40" x 40" size formats in edition of 3.

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