Peeling Back the Layers

There are still so many places on our planet that remain unexplored. I’d love to one day peel back the mystery and understand them.” ~ Annie Leibovitz (source)

Valencia, Spain--Urban Exploration
Past Soon Forgotten or Present Soon to Change

There are multiple reasons I seek abandoned structures and apply HDR techniques to them. First, I guess, as I have made it clear in this blog is that I am fascinated by exploring what our senses are incapable of picking up. Not that these photos are reality either, but it makes clear that there are realities that are beyond our senses that our brain filters out so we may make sense of this world.

Secondly, truth continues to change as does the world around us. Over the last century, truth has changed more than we could ever imagine. Just as these old structures will soon be replaced by new ideals, so too will our perceptions and beliefs. We have seen this occur just in the last couple of years. Just one example, the shift in attitudes of same sex marriage.

Of course, this makes sense in light of the reality we live in today, one sculpted by the media, politicians, religious leaders, educators, advertisers, and marketers. I think, it is our duty as global citizens to push the boundaries of our perceptions of the world and delve deeper into our psyche to seek a more universal truth. This blog and these photos are my effort to do just that. This blog is my attempt to change just one life through art… Mine.

Blogs author ~ Bill Hendricks, (Shadowmason)


Author: ShadowMason

ShadowMason is the online persona of Bill Hendricks. Bill teaches at Minneapolis Community Technical College, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He teaches graphic and web design. He is an artist and holds a MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. In his position at MCTC he appreciates the opportunity to assist his students to build a career in design and visual communications. He regards this as a special gift; as a way to show his appreciation to all that assisted and taught him.

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