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Joann D. Eldridge, Photographer Artist Statement

I choose to be a photographer because I wish to express myself in an artistic manner. Since my drawing and painting skills have not advanced beyond stick figures, it is my choice to be a photographer. Presently Street Photography and Decay - urban, suburban and rural - are my subjects of choice. But to tell you the truth, I have and shall shoot anything that is in front of me, behind me, above me, beside me and under me.

If I look back upon my life, I have always been drawn to the visual. I was given my first camera, a Brownie, at the age of eight. It sits in my office to this day. In undergraduate and graduate school I became obsessed with studying films and film making. I was especially drawn to the early surrealistic works of Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí, especially Un Chien Andalou* and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie**. And since one of my loves has always been poetry, I even took a stab at film making. My most memorable was based on T. S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.*** I loved writing the screen adaptions, filming and editing processes. If I did not have to earn a living, I probably would have become a film director. C'est la vie.

Today, when I am out shooting, I spend a lot of time looking, looking, looking. I check my backgrounds, isolate my subjects, take a step or two in or out, and take several shots from various angles. Often I find myself waiting, waiting, waiting for that right moment, that Henri Cartier-Bresson’s “decisive moment.” Lastly, I follow my own intuition. For me, as an artist, that is my most important criterion.

When I edit my photographs, I spend a lot of time viewing what I have on my card or camera roll. To see each image as a whole and to see if there are images within images are my goals. Some images I edit quickly; some not so quickly. Some I try as color, some as black and white and some as sepia. I view my editing process as: Whatever the image dictates, the image becomes. During my editing process I try one application or many. Some of my favorite software programs are Adobe Lightroom (I am not a fan of Adobe Photoshop), Distressed FX, Enlight, iColorama S and Snapseed.

In the end I want to make images that create curiosity and make the viewer wonder.

And unlike J Alfred, I do “…hear the mermaids**** singing each to each.”


References and Allusions

*Un Chien Andalou (1929) - A dream-like succession of provocative, unexplained images, from ants devouring a man's hand to an eyeball slit by a razor.

**The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) - Characters relentlessly expect and pursue all that they desire. Their elitism, fears and hypocrisies are challenged.

***The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Main character lacks

  • self-esteem

  • obsessed with his own sense of inadequacies and insecurities

  • extremely self-conscious

  • considers himself a failure

****Mermaids - represent the unattainable.

Joann Eldridge
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