"Light Says A Lot" Lauren Crew
I have to write things out. There are as many journals in my home as there are negatives. I write nearly everyday and have for the majority of my life. Napkins, the back of receipts, post-its, journals - whatever I can find just to get a thought out of my mind and on paper.
Rarely do I re-read old journals, but when I do, I find myself gracing the pages rather than reading them. Scanning for buzzwords. Skimming each entry for who was making me cry at the time, who was making me sing and what was I trying to say?
Like using a pen to write down an idea, I use the camera to communicate a thought or feeling. My photography is deeply connected to the expression of what I sense rather than what I see. Light has a way of saying a lot and composition gives me the ability to say something about nothing. Art elements help me “get the words out”. The older I get, the less I question why I have to take the 900th image of beautifully lit water droplets on a window. Or the quiet mannerisms of someone's body language. You couldn’t pay me to not take a picture of the way the sun beams on water nor can I ignore playfully framing the hard edge of a line.
In short, my work is multi-dimensional, just like it’s owner.