Collection of photographs and paintings by Charles Linwood Hart of Durham, North Carolina.
"I have slowly discovered what I thought was my continual conflict
between my desire for total abstraction in my painting and my desire
for exacting photographic imagery in my photography was not really a conflict.
Painting and photography are the visual cues to
that I use to access memory most successfully and combining them
is what I enjoy.
I use my camera every day in order to create a visual journal. The images
act as memory cues and are uncompromising and authoritative in the their
documentation. Painting can be just as uncompromising and authoritative
even in the abstracted, layered method that I use.
Combing the two is what I enjoy, that it had to be one
or the other, or a certain combination of the two to make it more palitable
or accessible were built around my own fears of nonconformity and desires for acceptance."
The majority of the images in the book sprang from Linwood's participation in an online photo sharing site called FLICKR and his membership in a group on that site called 365.
I am a farmer, artist and picture framer. I grew up on a Dairy and Tobacco farm in the piedmont of North Carolina. I love painting and I love photography. I love combing the two. Sometimes one or the other becomes more prominent in my artwork. My love for photography, paining and art in general began with my grandparents. My Paternal Grandfather had a Polaroid Land Camera and took lots of candid shots. Many might consider them technically amateur and bad but I see them as lovely and beautiful. My Paternal Grandmother gave me my first camera. A very inexpensive Kodak Pocket Camera that had these wonderful little stickers you could stick on the camera to decorate it. She bought it at Jones Drug Store in Oxford NC. My Maternal Grandparents always had wonderful old photos all over the house and always encouraged me to paint and draw. My life seems to center on transforming those kernels of memory. I feel energy when I do this work.
SUNSETS Published December 09, 2012