The way our eyes and minds see movement and the way we remember the movement can be two very different things. Photographs offer unique and wonderful ways to capture motion, bridging the gap from what we see to what we feel we saw.
The images in this book were taken between 2004 and 2007. During that time, I could only marvel at the simple, yet endless, beauty of how the body can move. The amount of emotion that can be imparted by a gesture still amazes me.
With that in mind, my goal for this book became clear. I wanted to select images that would not just show captured movement, but show the feelings of movement as they can be captured by a photograph. From flying leaps to static poses, I hope you will feel their touch and delve into the emotion behind the motions.
Alex Wilson is a fine art photographer located in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. There are a number of themes that tend to show up in Alex's work: Focus and its ability to direct attention, near-abstraction, and implied/ambiguous/multiple meanings are common elements that his books explore. Making an image that can elicit an emotional or intellectual response from a stranger or someone who has not first-hand experience with the subject matter is, in Alex's view, what makes a good photograph. Photographs have the ability to freeze and capture a moment of time, but they also have the ability to obscure reality. Whether it is the pose, angle, crop, focus, or exposure, an image can hide just as much as it reveals. There is truth in photography, but there is also mystery, deception, and obfuscation. The Lacunal book series is an ongoing project to showcase Alex's work, with each volume focusing on certain themes, styles, or projects.