Artist Statement - gchappel

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."

~ Albert Einstein


Artist Statement

What is my photography?

I try to capture what I cannot see, but is right here all the time. I am fascinated with how I see too slowly or too quickly. I see too slow to sharply see movement, yet I see too fast to appreciate the motion. I see too much, and do not appreciate the detail in the maelstrom. I see too little and miss countless wonders. I see what I expect, and miss the unexpected. I see what I know, and overlook the unfamiliar.

I am 2.04 billion seconds old. The works on this site represent less than 3 seconds of that time. I do see that.

Dorthea Lange once said that a camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera. She was right. My camera has taught me to see wonders I otherwise would have never seen, experience what I would have never dreamed. Although I captured but an infinitesimal percentage of these experiences with my camera, all these undocumented seconds are recorded in my person. It has changed me, and how I now see. Some say that, when you are photographed, the camera takes the subject's soul. I think that the opposite is true, and that it's the photographer's soul that is thrown open and exposed.

That is my photography.

I hope you will take the time to walk slowly through these images. They represent my years-long attempt to see, and then to see again. The beauty is not mine, it was always there- I just happened to stand in front it. I did not take these pictures, they took me.

If even one of these images helped you realize what a wonderful world is out there, I have succeeded. Even better, if even one of these images made you want go out and explore, and experience the wonders for yourself, I will be thrilled.

Oh, take a camera. I would love to see the pictures.

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