Photography by Nathan Dean

My photographs are poems or sonatas, not novels.  They have no plot, no narrative; what they are intended to convey cannot be reduced to words.

I believe in Albert Einstein's dictum that “everything should be as simple as possible, but no simpler.” Anything that doesn’t add to my image detracts from it. I reduce the raw image to its most intimate form.  Only the details that are essential survive. What remains is an invitation to stop and experience a moment of discovery, a moment of seeing what has always been there in a way that it has never been seen before.  Like Edward Weston, I want the viewer to know the subject as well as to see it – or as Robert Henri put it, to fly with the eagle as well as to see its wings.  

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