On The Walls at The Mead Werks
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Solace of Space and the Solace of Color Collections
Brian Goodman is a local Port Townsend photographer
whose works draw us into spaces of comfort and solitude.
“I have always been captivated by the visual interplay between light, color and texture. For over 50 years, my photography has spanned the globe, capturing stirring landscapes, intriguing characters, and thought-provoking studies using a wide variety of methods and media. Our ability to think clearly, critically and creatively is largely dependent on our will to create space for these processes to occur."
In this world of over-saturated, in your face, and instantaneous image gratification, it is sometimes difficult to break away and separate our senses from the constant bombardment that we are assaulted with on a daily basis. What used to be a quiet country road is now a super-highway, blasting a never-ending pitch for the next restaurant, hotel, fast food chain, attorney or religious prophecy. Spontaneous information and visual overload instantly materialize, stalking us at the push of a button, on gas pumps, in bathrooms, on the road, in our pockets. We no longer choose when and what content we care to view and absorb. It is forced upon us.
The images in the Solace of Space and the Solace of Color collections are designed to draw us into spaces of comfort and solitude, free from the constant visual noise that we encounter every day. They are suggestive of something familiar, and yet are unable to be defined. In fact, they could be anywhere – dreamlike images inviting you into a place of private wonder.
You find yourself responding emotionally to the colors, textures and movement within each artistically crafted image, creating a sense of tranquility and space.
I use a variety of techniques to create the imagery in the Solace of Space and the Solace of Color collections. The images all begin with a photograph. I am drawn to a subject by the colors, textures, lighting and movement. Composition of those elements are the next step in the process. The original images are often captured using camera movement, long exposures, or a combination of both. I am often asked, “what is your favorite camera”? My answer, “the one that’s in my hand at that particular moment”. That being said, my imagery is captured using my iPhone up to an Alpa technical camera with a Leaf 80 megapixel digital back, to everything in between. As my goal is to create images that are not intended to recreate nature or reality, I also use all of the current tools, digital and others, available to me to create the final image.