Imago Diem: A Photoblog by Gary Hill
It's Latin for 'image of the day' and not, as some people apparently think, 'image of God' (that's 'imago dei'). Here you can find randomly selected images from my large, eclectic archive, along with some words, which occasionally might even be wise. Despite the blog's name, images are uploaded often but irregularly. At this rate I probably won't get through my archive within my lifetime; hence the 'until whenever'. This is a sister site to my static portfolio located at: telltaleimages.com
I'm a self-taught 'serious amateur' and occasionally paid photographer with over 30 years experience using film and digital equipment. I also have a PhD in visual cognition/neuroscience but no longer work in the field. Photography is my sole artistic outlet. I play no musical instrument, I draw and paint like a child and I write crap poetry. Photography, however, is very much a science as well as an art and I enjoy both aspects equally, as well as a passion for travel.
Over the years I've found myself naturally gravitating toward a few central themes, primarily street/candid photography, particularly concentrating on individuals in uncluttered backgrounds, and images containing a lot of dark negative space. And more and more and more monochrome images. Nevertheless, I've come to realise that those images I consider to be my best work aren't necessarily the same images others consider to be my best.
I offer no artist statement. I'm not exploring the relationship between urban synaesthesia and mythopoetical reality within the realms of neodeconstructionism and subtextual desituationism. I simply come across scenes and subjects in the world around me that inspire me in some way and capture and post process as best I can, mostly according to my mood. Often, a scene or subject will immediately 'grab' me and I don't have time to think about it. I just shoot. Call it a 'Zen experience' if you like. I don't. So, if any of my images 'grab' you in some way then we'll have shared something. That's enough for me.
I don't do the standard social media. Never have. It wasn't me that wrote that. Nor do I write in the third person. It sounds even more pretentious.
All images and written content © Gary Hill 1984-2021. All rights reserved. Not in public domain. If you wish to use my work for anything other than legal 'fair use' (i.e., non-profit educational or scholarly research or for critique purposes) please contact me for permission first. I'm not a curmudgeon just yet but I do give preference to non-profit ventures with which I feel some affinity. For-profit ventures will need to offer me something in return.