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Kenneth Jackson

The threshold between ordinariness and underlying mystery is where I most enjoy working. I stay alert for it during the whole process, from the time that I make an initial exposure through the printing of the image I've created from that exposure.

I think of my photographs as poetic visual meditations rather than as literal documents. Although the word "capture" is used a lot with reference to photography, I don't believe that a camera ever captures anything - not a person, gesture, place, or thing. Not landscape, light, nor movement. All that stuff is utterly fugitive. Light and time simply leave energetic traces, whether on a film emulsion or in the electronics of a digital camera.

So when I photograph, I try to be present, connect with, feel what is passing before my lens, and let it leave its traces on the medium and in me. Afterwards there is the process of remembering and ripening of the traces recorded both by my camera and by my mind - and sometimes that is necessarily a slow process. In this age of the quick and facile, that suits me fine.

I love the craft of fine printmaking, and I consider a photographic impression to be incomplete and unrealized until I turn it into a physical print. For much of my work I turn to labor-intensive alternative processes to create unique hand-made prints. I have also spent a good bit of time mastering the craft of making fine digital pigment ink prints in small editions.

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