Steven James Duede
I work in photography to satisfy a need to gather images. It allows me to explore the ever-changing landscapes and scenarios that play out in front of our eyes each day. It seems to me, some of the time it’s what we find underfoot. Working in photography I gather groups of images that have a relationship with one another. I point my lens downward. I use very basic equipment and enhance colors present in the images to affect some pieces if needed, only to accomplish proper light and contrast that relate to a series.
My intention is to build a narrative through a relative succession of images. My images are filled with texture, density, color and rhythm. Often taken from nature, I look for generalities in space or scenes. I’ll often shoot large numbers of photos mainly in close up, from a place, at times not looking directly through the viewfinder. Later culling a series or narrative from the larger body of pictures. The repetition of the activity, the casualness, the consistency, allows my imagination to work freely and concedes interesting accidental forms and visual rhythmic incidents to appear.
Having worked for years as a painter, representational then in the abstract, I worked toward a similar goal; that of generating relative stories through brush stroke, texture, color and rhythm. Several years ago I moved into the photographic series as a way to express those ideas more dramatically and effectively, in a way more connected to the world around us. Outside of what can be at times confining on canvas. We find the palpable intricacies of a close up photograph, the ever-present natural rhythm and the repetitious act of gathering. These elements deliver upon an ongoing narrative.