I see my photographs as
meditations, it is as simple
as that. To be understood,
they must be experienced––
felt, seen, known. Consequently,
I often use the medium of the
landscape, for everyone, in some
small way, has some very personal
relation to the land––thus they are
ready (and willing) to come in
to look, if not into, at least at the landscapes I produce. I have
trapped them then!
For if l have made the concept of the photographs strong enough,
the viewer will begin to still himself for, indeed, I make Still
photographs — and with the coming stillness comes the
possibility of a deep meditational understanding and seeing.
And seeing leads to Vision. And my photographs are there
mainly as pointers, indications, of a vision of possibilities
where stillness and silence abound — and where Light is
understood to be a substantial reality.
My photographs are my greatest teachers. It is my hope
that they offer a moment of pleasure to my viewers —
and perhaps a tiny hit of (mutual?) understanding …
but, as always, I have no expectations.
Thomas Joshua Cooper