I’m a photographer with an interest in philosophy. I am currently a PhD student in Philosophy looking into the idea of ineffability, if there is such a thing.
Having had a long and diverse career across many fields, I now make pictures across a range of idioms: documentary, street, landscape, still-life. I use traditional techniques including alt-pro, in my own darkroom. The immediacy and ease of digital capture bores me, although it seems indispensible for many contexts. But does not contentment come from some hard-won thing?
I seek the ‘accomplished picture’. What’s that? It ‘s a picture that ‘begins in delight, and ends in wisdom’ (adapted from Robert Frost). Between delight and wisdom there is much struggle: fallow periods, self-doubt, frustration …
Tony Cearns

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