"Curiosity frees me from thoughts and images to which I am attached or that I have not fully examined."
Curiosity is what led me to Turnaround, an exhibition of photographs inspired by the simple act of taking one image and turning it upside down. My eyes and mind shifted to see another view of the same image. Another shift occurred by turning the image another quarter turn. The final image that I selected appears to be like water flowing around obstacles in a stream.
It struck me that this idea of turning around an image bringing a new perspective was similar in concept to Byron Katie’s The Work with its “4 Questions and Turnarounds”. In The Work, I came to experience how my mind shifted when I questioned my stressful thoughts. By turning the thoughts around to the opposite, to the other and then to my self, I often found an amazing shift in perception.
In photography I learned many years ago to Turnaround from the main scene of interest and to see what was going on behind me. As an example I found that my favorite image of the famous rock garden of the Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto was behind the temple facing the garden. In the same way, my favorite image of Machu Picchu was of another mountain in the fog across the way.
My personal Turnaround began in 2004, which led to the first exhibition Images from an Awakening Heart. I am very grateful to many friends and family members who continue to assist me in this Turnaround. In seeking the actions and responses that work better than previous thoughts and beliefs, I continue to realize how Turnarounds bring awareness and joy to my personal growth.
It is with this in mind that I sought abstract images that would Turnaround evoking a shift from the original image. Which is truer, the original or what I now saw as another view? Is it correct that the tree trunk is vertical in the image or is it true that it lays horizontal. Does it matter? Is there something seen from a shift that evokes another truth?
On both floors of the O’Hanlon gallery there are a few Turnaround images. I invite you to enjoy these photographs as they are.
Thank you for your support and interest.
Thank You To:
The many friends and loved ones who provided encouragement, patience and love during the process leading to the exhibition.
Gina Van Dicken for her dedication and support in countless areas of my life.
Nancy Olin whose love, patience and generosity have added so much joy to my life.
The O’Hanlon Center for the Arts for the invitation to exhibit my photography and in particular, Megan Wilkinson who gently assisted us through the process.
Pauchi Sasaki for her inspiration. While looking at one of my photographs, we turned it around and the idea for this exhibition was born.
Special thanks to Fleche Phoenix, Fred Enge, Jason Saxon, Jeremy Thornton, Meridian Cyber Solutions, Mill Valley Services, MT Framing and Willow Camp Catering.