An Essence Sensed -
of the invisible visible
I look for opportunities of perception
where the boundaries of physicality may bleed
enhance that with clarity
where a peek through some door may be glimpsed.
Realist photography to encourage internal abstraction
and invite deeper...
look, look first, openly, near and far
it may be easier to feel, but just start to see
elusive - on the edges of vision,
something usual were less conscious of perceiving.
Last summer a dinghy made of a patchwork of fiberglass was sitting on the placid waters of Town Cove in Eastham on Cape Cod. The first direct sun of the day
struck it in a changing mixture of brilliant reflection and transparency.
What I saw was a boat trying very hard to be more to me.
I look for presence
that there may be other qualities inherent in what we are observing
an essence sensed in ways not commonly visible
outside of time relevant only to our own subjectivity.
Years ago in Labrador, among the Innuit - someone says I am a seal,
an introduction, an identification of who they are, how they are seen,
an indication of how they may be beyond this living,
and have been
sense beyond the corporal?
Paul Eric Johnson