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Moving Shadows

Rick Fichter

October 7th, 2023 - December 3rd, 2023

Artist Statement

In Samuel Beckett’s play “Endgame”, the character Hamm likens himself to a “speck in the void”. That passage has haunted and marked me indelibly. In the series Moving Shadows, the images seek to explore and convey our passing insignificance in the vastness of mankind’s  search for life’s meaning.

 

Night and the light found in the night has always been a source of comfort. I purposely ignored certain conventional concerns of photography to explore and capture the beauty of what I was seeing. The magical, painterly light,…. the presence of mysteriously ghostlike shadows……forms that straddled the familiar but not quite familiar,… all in a presence of a fog that sculpted everything into a world of wonder. Driven by impulse, I tried to capture everything without any concern for what constituted “good photography”. I wanted to capture and witness what I saw.


Night. Its shadows, colors and forms seem to represent the basic mysteries of human existence. One is an individual without name contained within ourselves yet isolated by the dark’s questioning presence. By not questioning individuality, the series Moving Shadows seeks to delve into the mystery of existence  with a sense wonder and awe.

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