Time Out Of Mind
It was 1990 or 1991, I believe, while photographing in Waite Hill, Ohio, along Hobart Road. Working very slowly with an old Deardorff 8X10 field camera on a heavy tripod, and long forgotten what I was photographing or what became of the negative. The experience I had that day, it is difficult to find the right words to describe it. Everything was absolutely as it should have been, and time seemed to slow, or even stop. I felt right, in thought and action, as if it was meant to be, fixed and unchangeable. Every exploration thru the camera since then, is an-attempt to re-capture this experience.
Through all my years of photography, I have learned that prior to the release of shutters and the processing of images; inspired things can be perceived and discerned in that quiet solitude. I want to understand how we recognize, and how we are touched by the natural world. And I am trying to offer a quiet space that will arouse the emotions I felt at the time of creation. Academic formality, intellectualism, and rules of composition are of little value in this realm of beauty. I hope that inner peace, quiet, and lack of concern for specific results will lead into a place of gratitude and balance, that will allow for the participation of grace. There is no big idea here; I’m not trying to tell anyone anything. Just take a look, something is being given.
I do not necessarily visualize complete images, but rather, search for some inner calling. It is my belief that the earth in all its manifestations contains a glimpse of the mystical. Long exposures encode an element of time into the image, capturing a series of moments, compressing time, moving the image towards the sublime.
Achieve the mystery of stillness, and you can experience a dynamic interaction with the life force that goes far beyond intellectual thought and touches the deepest wells of existence. When an image of quality is created, I know it. At those times things are quiet and seem simple again. And I find my reverence for creation that is difficult to express with words. This happens when the external world and my interior world combine.
All images are 13X20” archival pigment prints, unmated, signed and titled en verso. Editions are limited to 45.
contact: john@johnrechin.com
born 1969 willoughby, ohio U.S.A.
currently lives in hilton head, south carolina U.S.A.
1988 -1991 BFA, savannah college of art and design, savannah, georgia U.S.A.
1999 circa 2000, beachwood, ohio
1997 michael stefan salon, willoughby, ohio
1996 images from the heart, cleveland ceneter for contemporary art, cleveland, ohio
1995 western reserve historical society, cleveland, ohio
1994 juried by peter macgill, cleveland center for contemporary art, cleveland, ohio
1993 savannah college of art and design, savannah, georgia
1992 gallery 307, savannah, georgia
1991 savannah college of art and design, savannah, georgia
cleveland bicentennial commission grant 1994
published works:
images from the heart: a bicentennial celebration of cleveland and its people, 1995 octavia press
sights and sounds of savannah jazz, 1994 gaston street press
works in selected collections:
savannah college of art and design
western reserve historical society