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 we’re 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
January 2001