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things change

the world continues
we adapt

I'm glad you're here

upon your shoulder
to rest my head

All I want

as soft a landing
is to make

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About joseph

Baltimore City

Joseph graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1983, and has since been based in Baltimore, 3 miles from his birthplace. Joseph has shown his work in many local venues, as well as at Denise Bibro Gallery, the Woodward Gallery, and the Edward Carter Gallery in NYC. Joseph was awarded a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards in 2007, 2009, and 2012, and is a 2007 Black Spider Award Nominee and his photographs are found in the following collections: The Lancaster Museum of... more

Mindscapes

I look to the landscape to find meaning and succor to the thoughts and feelings in my mind.
"I photograph things for what they are and for what else they are.” – Minor White

I've used the ten project spaces to share 100 images that belong together in a body of work called Mindscapes.
Most of the images were made in 2016, and I continue my use of tree imagery as a metaphor to survey an emotional landscape.
I've made use of names, descriptions, and alternate and title text spaces within this BakerArtist website to provide verbal cues as a point of departure for the interpretation of the images.
There are very few prints made of these images. In fact, most have never been printed. This is a conscious decision on my part to bring my creative practice into the 21st century as a greener, less consumptive, art expression. At this point in time, it seems unlikely that I will ever return to inks and paper or even traditional photographic processes.
Right now, this feels right.

Mindscapes Gallery Two

In 2015, I started making stitched phone images and posting it to my social media pages. This was quite a departure from the traditional photography I was formally trained to perform, and the digital photography that I adopted because of marketplace pressures. This was supposed to be a hobby. But photography is not something I can do light-heartedly, and so I poured myself into it, as I have always done in my business and in my artwork, my other business.
The new practice did much more than provide an additional outlet for my creativity. It also called into question all of my previous behaviors. Suddenly I began to notice just how earth-unfriendly traditional photography was, and has always been. Chemicals, papers, inks, and copious amounts of water usage. I shudder now to think of just how consumptive my photography used to be.
I also began to question its efficacy, at least in relation to my creative objectives, which were to make photography a lifelong endeavor. To make images that had personal and hopefully universal relevance, to share them with as many people as possible, and somehow not to wreak havoc on the environment, or go broke in the process, these were my objectives.
Additionally, other things I've always wanted to let go of, but could not find an acceptable way. Framing, mattes, and glass always troubled me aesthetically and impoverished me financially. These had to go too. Fortunately social media was there to provide the venue for my pixels. And what a great venue. I run the gallery, and determine all the rules of engagement with my audience. How many artists enjoy that privilege?

Mindscapes Gallery Three

  • a good love

    a good love
    I say a good love is one that casts you into the wind, sets you ablaze, makes you burn through the skies and ignite the night like a phoenix; the kind that cuts you loose like a wildfire and you can't stop running simply because you keep on burning everything that you touch! I say that's a good love; one that burns and flies, and you run with it! C. JoyBell C.
  • Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains

    Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains
    Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains.
  • a few secrets you're too terrified to tell

    a few secrets you're too terrified to tell
    Have you got a few secrets you're too terrified to tell? Lovely, lay them on me, cause I've got a few of my own, as well....
  • the wilderness within

    the wilderness within
    We are the wilderness within Screaming out for true expression. Even when we’re sleeping, There’s no escape from this obsession. Jay Woodman
  • with this difference in you

    with this difference in you
    You look lovely, today in your yellow. And I feel true in my suit of blue. We look better together this way. I'm happy with this difference in you.
  • all the shadows

    all the shadows
    I want to thank to all the shadows and all the darknesses of my life because it is owing to them that I now love the light so much more than ever before! Mehmet Murat ildan
  • Out here, the open night is my church

    Out here, the open night is my church
    Out here, the open night is my church, the trees are my congregation, the stars are my angels and the moon is the only god that I know. A.P. Sweet
  • encounters

    encounters
    The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. Christopher McCandless
  • Let me see inside you

    Let me see inside you
    I keep asking you what you're feeling, and you keep telling me what you're thinking. Let me see inside you.
  • We gave away our faces

    We gave away our faces
    Somewhere along the journey Through the forest dark and deep We gave away our faces And our souls were lulled to sleep, Now we are reflections Of everything we see, Replacing who we are With who we're trying to be. Lillian Harris Reflections

Mindscapes Gallery Four

Mindscapes Gallery Six

Mindscapes Gallery Seven

  • Domestic Argument

    with child
  • Latent Memory

    of seasons past
  • Feeding Frenzy

    Feeding Frenzy
    Feeding Frenzy
  • Jaundice

    Jaundice
    Jaundice
  • Warm Place Within

    Warm Place Within
    Warm Place Within
  • Wounded Warrior

    Wounded Warrior
    Wounded Warrior
  • Grace

    I think this tree had expectations of himself that exceeded his ability to realize. Had it not been for the power company, he might have risen to a stately height.
  • Calamity

    In middle school, I loved it when the teacher was out of the room and all order and decorum devolved into a raucous mayhem. At those times, I took great pleasure in my spectatordom, delighting in the craziness all around me, without having to risk the consequences of participation.
  • Silent Spring

    I found this dying tree on a road to Odessa, NY doing its level best to keep up appearances in its Spring attire and in good color. I'm sure this tree enjoyed a lot of beautiful Summers, but I do not expect to find this tree among the standing on my next journey to Ithaca.
  • So Close

    At the base of Mammoth mountain, on the north shore of Horseshoe Lake, this tree was one of thousands who fell from carbon dioxide poisoning from nearby volcanic activity. One of those times Nature eats its own.

Mindscapes Gallery Eight

  • Epiphany

    Epiphany
    Epiphany
  • Unsolicited Attention

    Everybody has been there.
  • Grown Apart

    Couples are something that I'm forever on the lookout for. For these two, there is little left to share, and yet they remain together.
  • Corporate Assasin

    I made this image above the Towson Commons on a foggy evening in January. It's perhaps the most successful of my nature vs. man images. I imagine this tree engaged in some subversive act against a culture of corporate domination.
  • Self-Absorption

    In an all out attempt to merge fiction with fact, this one has fallen into the image of its own reflection.
  • Peace Pilgrimage

    I captured this fellow on my fifth try, in a very wet and rapidly lifting fog, and I'm glad I did. A week later it had found a lasting peace laying in pieces on the ground. For Mildred Norman Ryder
  • Another Giving Tree

    for Shel Silverstein.
  • Head Above Sea of Stone

    just waiting for prey

Mindscapes Gallery Nine

Mindscapes Gallery Ten

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