Any artist should always look for what others may not be able to see. They may not enjoy the time to walk around the world and admire the details that surround them wherever they go. They may not have the luxury of days on their own when they can just take it all in. It is thus the duty of those who do possess this ability to document and share what they see and feel with others, so they too can appreciate the beauty of this universe in an otherwise hectic life. Perhaps so, many more will slow their pace and seek similar reasons to wonder at all things near or far.
I, therefore, search for those things. Every winter, for example, I anticipate the low temperatures which make people invariably shiver and complain as they long for the warmth of the hearth. I do so because I am aware that the cold will play with water and create beautiful ice structures.
Under different light and colors, it is amazing to observe the shapes that water takes. While I may see children proud to merely rush at the structure and destroy them in a game-like behavior, I too hurry, but to preserve what will be gone within a few hours. Whether a viewer will enjoy the image or simply walk away without a second thought, some will stop and ponder, perhaps only for a few seconds. But their lives will be enriched as they may be with a song, a novel or a film. As R. Barthes once said when speaking about photography, something points at the photographer as he presses the shutter release, it establishes a relationship which will endure, not unlike that of a mother with a child. As it is true in writing when a book is given to the public, it becomes its propriety to explore, understand and enjoy as it pleases. It is so with photography and art in general.
The purpose of these images
Into the Depths
Warmth in Winter
Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and many other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review as well as other publications.