100,000 Windows by Timothy Ruane

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100,000 Windows by Timothy Ruane


Digital photograph
15" x 20" x 1"


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I love the masters of photography, but I do not work exactly the way they do.  I want to carry on in the tradition of modern painters—Andre Durain, the Fauves and Abstract Expressionism, for example.  These are my inspirations. There are many, many excellent traditional photographers throughout the world.   I, however, do not wish to be like them.  I wish to take photography some place it has never been.

I work with a simple point-and-shoot camera and edit aggressively in a free online application called FotoFlexer.  I print my work on canvas, since I often think of it more as painting than photography.  I have taught photography at the Edmund Burke School in Washington D.C., worked as a freelance photographer at The Washington Post and have worked as an independent artist, photographer and writer for the past seven years.
Each human is unique, but each artist is not.  Each artist is a thief, pilfering from masters who have gone before him.  Post-Impressionists stole from Impressionists.  Cezanne stole from Monet.  Cubists stole from Fauvists.  Braque stole from Matisse.  And so on.  I, too, am a thief.

My methods are described by Brian Aldiss, who wrote sometime in the last century: “That’s the artist’s role—to strike out always for something new, to break away, to defy, to . . . grapple with the unfamiliar.”  These words fit me well.  Aldiss—sometimes Brian W. Aldiss, a British author who wrote both general fiction and science fiction, author of “Super Toys Last All Summer Long”—won the Hugo Award twice and the Nebula Award once.  I do not know what these awards are, but they sound impressive.

As the philosopher is interested in truth, I am interested in beauty.  Good art can do many things, but it cannot bore.

The fine art digital photographs I submit to you reflect the masters of photography, but they also reflect the beauty of modern art, and they remain true to its traditions.  They are things that have been stolen from the greats; yet they are new.  They are different.  They inspire, and they do not bore.