These images are not landscapes in the traditional sense but rather appropriations of the textures, colors, and shapes of the winter season from a unique locale – Emigrant Lake, Oregon. By squaring these elements within the camera frame, an order is highlighted that weds the local gestalt of a small niche of the landscape with the photographer’s search for a familiar compositional order, or in rare instances his discovery of a previously unrecognized or unappreciated natural order.
I think of archetypal psychologist James Hillman’s book, The Soul’s Code and his examination of the “innate image” or personal daemon as it informs our unique and individual callings in life.
As I saw and took the photographs, they were about design and composition, but from another perspective, they were about an unfolding theme, a very early chapter of which I remember from my childhood in Holley, New York.
Late into the winter season, when I was six or seven, wearing my grandfather’s fishing boots, I would wade through the ankle deep water in an overgrown and untended orchard behind my grandparents’ house. I was fascinated with little scenarios of tangled branches, mounds of dead wood, and sandstone boulders cleared and stacked years ago. In many ways, this was not unlike my experience in making this series of images in this location‚Äìan artificial lake which rises and falls seasonally, gradually, imperceptibly, flooding the riparian areas, creating equivalent (but necessarily different) gestalts which I photograph. Rather than viewing this particular manifestation of a creative process as sequentially related to childhood experience in a cause and effect way, it is personally and creatively more satisfying to consider both in relation to the currents and eddies of my own daemon which calls me to this task of exploration, “looking and seeing over the course of a lifetime‚” matter how or if I listen.
Jeffrey Krolick holds Masters degrees in Counseling Psychology from Lesley College and Sculpture from the State University of New York at Buffalo. In addition he also holds a Bachelors degree in Art from the State University of New York at Albany. He has shown his work at the Larson Gallery in Yakima, WA; the Union Art Gallery at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA; the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, TX; the Silvermine Guild Arts Center in New Caanan, CT; Tula Art Center in Atlanta, GA; Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC; the American Craft Museum in NYC; and internationally in Columbia, Bolivia, Paraguay, Chile, and Peru. His work will be featured in a solo exhibit this summer at the Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL.