Posted on April 13, 2014 by Peter Hyatt | 0 Comments


One of photography's great pleasures is to capture the enduring and ephemeral, the obvious and obscure. This apprehension of a split second can heighten our appreciation of simple pleasures. Sometimes an image results from serendipity or chance, sometimes the careful construction. I'm reminded though how the most interesting, lasting images have a duality, or ambiguity. A kitchen knife can be an interesting subject for the lens, but usually much more intriguing if it conveys other meanings. Ambiguity invites us to participate, exercise our imaginations and contribute to the image. It triggers the viewers' imagination to see beyond the literal. The process is similar when we are transported by film, music and literature. 

Ambiguity in relationships can be testing. Many people tend to prefer a more direct approach than those who makes an art form of duplicity. Art on the other hand can benefit from the mystery of ambiguity. Light and shadow are Yin and Yang. And so that is the theme of some of our most recent work in HyattGallery. We capture this duality where a snow covered rooftop becomes fascinating geometry, patterned shade casts its dazzling shadow to become a beautiful bird in the image above. Multiple meanings in light and shade celebrate the beauty of ambiguity.


Posted in Ambiguity, Black Bird Singing, Helsinki Rooftop, Serendipity


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