‘x-rayed’ is a series of images in one of my conceptual photography projects.
For me, photography and image processing is always to some extent ‘ready-made’ due to the given (programmed) technical possibilities:
Designed to create an image of something under the rules of (programmed) technology.
Photography can only create something really new if the photographer acknowledges this limitation by technology and searches for something new, something to be created in the meaning of the images.
The subject can often be replaced, since the message of an image results from much more than just the subject.
This is also the case for this project, x-rayed – although I have purposely chosen stones as the subject of the series of images.
We live in a time in which human interaction seems to become more and more superficial.
The individual takes up more and more space in his or her own cosmos, leaving a smaller and smaller space for fellow human beings, society and the ‘big picture’.
Mindfulness-for the moment, for our surroundings, for our fellow human beings, perhaps even for the meaning of our existence-is an antidote to this trend.
And mindfulness can happen in every moment. Without any preparation anyone can immediately become mindful for the moment.
The more mindful you are, the closer your connection to things and people is. And the closer this connection becomes, the more you understand things and people.
Until, at some point, you have the feeling of being able to see through the facade, into the heart and soul of things and people.
‘Mindfulness is a necessary counter-movement to modern Egocentricity’.
To connect with a stone, to look behind its facade, sounds impossible – maybe even ridiculous.
That is why stones are the ideal motif for this project: they express that mindfulness is not something that happens by itself or is simple.
Being mindful requires practice. Being mindful in every moment requires constant practice.
Once you have made the arduous beginning, mindfulness can be a constant, something lasting and enriching experience in your own life, changing your view of the stones on our path.