The concept of looking at something via the imagination is even more appealing and is an extension of voyeurism. The American painter, Edward Hopper enthralls us with his paintings that invite the viewer to come inside a window or door. The Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico, whose works that take the eye through arches and around corners, was a student of the philosopher Nietzsche who said:
"Art is not merely the imitation of the reality of nature, but in truth a metaphysical supplement to the reality of nature, placed alongside thereof for its conquest." In other words, art surpasses reality in its presentation of the artist's conceptualization.
Both Hopper and Chirico involve the viewer in seeing through one component into the next and further, as did Alfred Hitchcock in the film Rear Window. These caused me to realize the importance of adding the appearance of beyond in my photography. Doorways, portals, arches, windows are pathways to journeys of inventiveness.
Black and White architectural photograph: Munich, Germany.
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