Black Holes & Blind Spots by Peter Happel Christian

Artist’s statement:
Inspired by the ideas of American Transcendentalism, I photograph non-descript situations that make me pause and consider the varied relationships people have with the natural world. I wonder if it is possible to have a transcendental experience in a residential landscape with my camera, far from the ideal, traditional places of the sublime. Black spots are digitally applied to each image to characterize how I am compelled to photograph such situations, pulled in to the subject matter like the gravity of a black hole. Conversely, the black spots partially disguise each image, disrupting the viewer’s field of vision and negating the photograph’s function as an effective communication tool.

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