Art is therapy! I have used the creative process as a sense of therapy for my pent up emotions and feelings. My emotions helped me create my unique images and write my poetry that I never knew I had in me. I've used analogies I'm not sure that have ever been used before; such as, "Our way of life is becoming an indestructible train, on it's way from our future, built by our past" etc. more in the book :) Can life be compared to an indestructible train? Perhaps not, but our way of life can. The purpose of this book is to perhaps allow it's readers to sit down and get lost in thought, it's not a novel of fictitious vampires but rather a world of one of a kind photographs that if you take time to view them, you will see where my inspiration to write what I wrote came from. Most all of my images came months to a couple years prior to me ever thinking about making a book, it all just seem to come together that way.
There are some hidden meanings in some of my poems, for example, my poem titled "My Immortal Valentine" (I wrote for my wife) when you see the words in quotations "Just Pretend" no one would ever guess that those words were chosen due to the fact that I have arranged that in the event if I were to die before her, Elvis Presley's performing the song "Just Pretend" live in his "That's The Way It Is" concert will be played at my funeral in dedication to my wife. It's a love song that is not about death but It's words fit perfect as to what I would say to her as I await on the other side for her :) There are a few more "hidden meanings" so to speak in my book that I would love to share with you if you were curious enough to contact me :) This book will be a great conversational piece for your home I can promise you that. The digital simulation here will not do it justice. Thank you and I hope to hear from you.
Joe Lopez, a native Idahoan, is an outsider artist in the photographic world. Born in Boise, he began moving to various states with his parents at an early age, and went on to serve three years in the U.S. Army Infantry at Ft. Benning, GA. Lopez returned to Boise with his wife to raise their five children. Photography came to Lopez quite unexpectedly in January of 2007. Equipped with a little Sony Cybershot, he quickly grew weary of not knowing how to fully take advantage of what it could do. Experimentations followed that included shooting images of the moon using a tripod and auto settings. The result was extreme overexposed photos that led to research where he began discovering basic photo techniques. This work inspired personal creative explorations of processes that finally produced crisp, clear images. From that day on Lopez awakened to an intrinsic love of the photographic medium providing a vehicle for a passionate translation of his unique vision of the world through a lens