duality is an exploration of unexplained experiences beyond the ordinary realm of human understanding; elements that have properties of being both mystical and physical.
Carl Cox has been a professional photographer for over thirty years, but it wasn’t until twelve years ago that he embarked on creating images inspired by various odds and ends discovered on hikes, at yard sales and antique shops (and sometimes laying on the side of the road). Carl’s photography is an exploration of the dark, unseen world that envelops us in our daily lives, a quest to document the dark elements that surround us and we choose not to experience. Creating an image begins with something that catches my eye; a scarf, a mask found in the forest, a sock discovered hanging from a tree, skeletal remains of an animal found in a swamp. There is a dark world around us that can be seen if we open our minds and accept it’s existence.
duality will be on display through October 29th.
an old barn leans wearily from the wind
a young boy intrigued by the secrets within
gritty planks yield and moan under dirty bare feet
giving rise to ancient spirits
heart racing toes pressed to the floor
he stands eyes wide transfixed
their swirling dust forms revealed in streaming light
I reside in the Hudson Valley. My love of photography began at age twelve while using an old Kodak Instamatic to photograph family and friends. Some of my earliest memories are of the days spent roaming ten acres of undeveloped woodland surrounding my home. My imagination was fueled by the large two-story barn mentioned above.
While photography was always a passion of mine, I didn’t discover it as the medium to create art until my early twenties. It was then I began to create self-portraits at local ruins using a medium format Kiev 88. While still searching for a way to photographically recreate the visions from my childhood, I made the jump to digital photography in the late 1990’s. After experimenting and upgrading cameras for many years, I joined Professional Photographers of America in 2010. It was then I began learning the true art form of photography. This led me to create composite art and eventually launch Carl Cox Studios, my portrait studio located in Rosendale, New York.
As a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), my fine art photography work was selected by a jury of my peers as “the best of the best” in the International Print Competition and added to the PPA The Loan Collection.
In 2008 I found the face-mask of a 1970’s resuscitation mannequin while hiking through the woods. It reignited my passion to visually recreate the experiences from my childhood in a series originally titled “Journey of the Lost.” I began journaling about the days spent in the barn and surrounding woodlands. I recalled the impressions of the spirits that seemed so real that I could reach out and touch them and I renamed the project duality.
I chose to print these particular images on cotton silk voile due to it’s easy-flowing response to air displaced by the viewer. Simply breathing or moving near the prints will set them in motion and make them unconsciously interactive. The images are printed with fiber reactive dyes that bond well with the blended fabric.