Inspiration: "It is good to be alone. To be far away from the world and yet walk its streets is to be alone." Jiddu Krishnamurti, Philosopher 1895-1986
I am attracted to solitude in photography. The sole figure in a photograph, or in life, is often viewed as a lonely one. In the imagination of some, solitude evokes sadness, loss or rejection. Since I prize solitude, I view it differently. In my imagination, the sole figure is one who is replenishing his stores of energy and creativity. He is, in those moments, free of compromise and negotiation. She is one who is recovering or discovering. The lone person is one who is creating something in his mind in order to later create it with his hands. She is one who is dreaming of her next venture. Or the one who is confident enough to veer off the pathway of the multitudes. I know that I am guilty of romanticizing the loner. Indeed, in New York City reality, the sole figure is probably one who is waiting impatiently for, or rushing frantically to meet, another.