Madeline Alpert

Unlike painting, where the artist decides what to include on the canvas, photography for me is an art of exclusion, a way to create an image by reducing distractions in order to find an essence in the created image that resounds with something in me. In that sense, the act of “inspection” of the subject becomes a form of “introspection” and meditation. When I shoot I really have to look and have to be in that moment. Distractions need to be eliminated not only from the image but my thoughts. There is a deeper bond made between me and the world I live in. When I next visit these places or see these objects, that connection is always felt. One way in which I work is by choosing a simple subject, such as an autumn leaf, or a theme, such as composing with color and shape, and shooting that subject or theme daily over an extended period of time. At times I work in my apartment, using various rooms as make-shift studios; other times I roam around my city neighborhood and parks. I work on perspective and distance and varied points of view to get a variety of images and impressions that strike me, often heading toward abstraction. By staying with a subject or theme in this way, I have to push myself to go beyond the obvious and mundane and, hopefully, get images that show the subject in ways not ordinarily seen. My job as an artist is done if my photos make the viewer take pause to reflect on how the seemingly ordinary things surrounding us can still surprise us.