Documentary Photography Painting
Karl F. Stewart
Paris: Girl in Park
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The poetic in the midst of chaos

"Two emotions pound themselves against my being. One is a mix of anger and sadness. The other is an incredible awe for the beauty of our creation.

"The anger and sadness ... For far too long humanity has been living not in the awe of its creation, but in the shock of its actions. The glory of being human has been robbed from us as millions around the world die of starvation each year ... are murdered by war ... are tortured by humanity's ignorance of what it means to treat another human being with love and compassion.

"Our society replays itself as if in a loop film. Economic collapse, war and technological stagnation rewind over and over as we spin through the galaxy. We can print 300 billion dollars in a nanosecond, but 70 percent of the world's population lives in eternal poverty. The tsunami of our phantom enemies - the Vietcongs, Saddam Husseins and Al Qaedas - bashes ashore, decade after decade as continuous emrging waves of hatred. And though we can land men on the moon and fly around the galaxy, we still drive combustion engines, a technology which is more than a hundred years old.

"The awe of creation ... The photographs represent the notion of sequential time in multiple physical actions as a simultaneous experience. What this means is that I take multiple actions which have occurred through time and recreate those diverse actions and time differences into one image representing the synchronous relationship of time and physicality. The concept touches upon the perception that reality is an illusion which happens physically as a non-local experience in a dimension of undifferentiated time. The photographs play with what we perceive as the space between the time actions occur and the space separating the physical form of actions. I recombine the spaces between time and matter in order to recreate new illusions for us to contemplate.

"There's a poetic awe to creating our illusions of reality as a non-violent intention. By stretching our consciousness to embrace the multiple illusions of reality and reaffirm the poetic in the midst of our current chaos, I believe humanity can reclaim its right to create its illusions of reality without the tyranny of destruction attacking us at every desire for a poetic vision of our today and tomorrow.

"The images exhibited in the gallery on this website are from a project I started in July 2009. The art form I've created is what I call 'Documentary Photography Painting'. I use the word 'documentary' because each photograph documents the time and actions of a specific place. The photographs taken to date are of Europe and the US.

"The images exhibited here are from a project I started in July 2009. The art form I've created is what I call 'Documentary Photography Painting'. I use the word 'documentary' because each photograph documents the time and actions of a specific place. The photographs taken to date are of Europe and the US.

"I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and have been living in Italy and France for the past 28 years. Presently I'm based in San Francisco. I speak English, French and Italian."

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