Richard C. Johnson
I have worked extensively with digital montage, and new media video, however, the thrust of my art making career has been in photography. While photography has been broadly adopted for supportive uses within the visual arts, I feel it remains a viable stand alone discipline as an art practice unto itself. As an artist and a photographer, I see myself on a journey of visual appropriation. A journey which begins always in a type of darkness, and ends in some fashion of illumination. I glean what I can, through what I hope are intelligent choices and clear vision. I strive to make work that is imbued with verisimilitude, but is more than the simple transcription of surface reality. No photograph can tell a complete story, it is by its nature a type of fiction. I create small fictions, which I hope suggest a larger truth, and try never to present the patently false. In my early days as an artist, ‘regional artist’ was a common term of description. I bristled at this categorization, thinking it to mean parochial, or circumscribed, or in some way demeaning. However, as I have matured in my art making, I have come to embrace the notion of regionalism, especially as it applies to the type of work that I do. I photograph that which I know, if not first hand, then instinctively, because I am a resident of this place, not a visitor with a camera.